I had the privilege of attending the opening night ceremonies of the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival. The opening night film was David Chase’s “Not Fade Away.” I was able to interview Mr. Chase on the Red Carpet about his directorial debut. Mr. Chase is a writer/producer who is known most for his seven Emmy wins for “The Sopranos.” “Not Fade Away” is his first theatrical film. Which will be in wide release on Friday January 4, 2013. Not Fade Away Website

What was the inspiration for this film?

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The inspiration for this was the rock and roll music between 1964 and 1968.

I know that The Rolling Stones are very important to you as you have used them in a number of your works – you have used them a lot. Can you explain why they are so important to you?

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Maybe you’ve heard that they are the greatest rock and roll band in the world. That’s who they bill themselves as and they deserve the title, no doubt about it. I respond to so much of what they put out as far as music. I love the Beatles, the Beatles are amazing, but I don’t think the Stones get as much credit as they deserve. Keith (Richards) and Mick (Jagger) don’t get much credit as songwriters, not to the extent that the John Lennon and Paul McCarthy did. The Stones are just a great band that put out great music.

What was it like working with James Gandolfini again, your old Sopranos partner in crime?

That was really good. We had a lot of fun. We hadn’t had a lot of fun on the last two seasons of “The Sopranos,” but we had a lot of fun on the movie. He’s a great guy.

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Thank you very much and I wish you success on the film.