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After giving up on his dream of becoming a drummer in a rock band, David Chase got his break in movies in 1972, by writing the screenplay for a low-budget horror flick called Grave of the Vampire. But he would have to wait 40 years before making his feature directorial debut with this year’s NYFF Centerpiece Gala, the semi-autobiographical Not Fade Away. In between, Chase amassed a long and varied resumé as a TV writer-producer (including The Rockford Files, I’ll Fly Away and Northern Exposure) before creating a little pop-culture phenomenon called The Sopranos. A maverick American storyteller, Chase will discuss his small-screen and big-screen careers in conversation with Film Society Associate Program Director and NYFF selection committee member Scott Foundas.