August 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

David Chase, the celebrated creator of HBO’s The Sopranos, will premiere his feature film directing debut Not Fade Away as the centerpiece gala screening at the 50th New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 14.

Set in New Jersey in 1964, the film chronicles a group of young friends who decide to start a rock band. While the cast is largely made up of fresh faces (John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote), Chase did keep some of his film all in the family, so to speak: James Gandolfini has a supporting role (along with Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald), and Steven Van Zandt produced the soundtrack.

Not Fade Away begins its platform release in theaters on Dec. 21, 2012.

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