David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos" HBO series and Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio on that show were collaborators on "Not Fade Away," the closing night film of the Hamptons Film Festival, screened on Sunday night.
Mr. Chase said after the screening that he and Mr. Van Zandt, who is also known as "Miami Steve" as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and has a radio station on Sirius XM radio called "Little Steven's Underground Garage," bonded over music when they were working together. He asked Mr. Van Zandt to be a producer and music supervisor on the film.
The movie is about a group of friends who form a band in the early 1960s and how ego and other challenges end up tearing them apart despite their dream to make it big. The film's soundtrack contains some 40 songs from early blues and rock, up to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, meaning a huge amount of rights had to be purchased. "Paramount paid for all of it," Mr. Chase said, adding that the studio believed in the project.
Joining them on stage after the screening were the cast members Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, John Magaro, and Will Brill. James Gandolfini also stars in the film.