Vince Giordano—There’s a Future in the Past opened theatrically at Cinema Village in NYC on Friday, January 13th, 2017 and defied superstition with capacity crowds and unanimous rave reviews, and was held over an additional week by popular demand. An encore NYC engagement at Symphony Space keeps the film in town through mid-March, after which it plays in Cleveland, Dallas, San Diego, and Phoenix before opening in Los Angeles on April 14th.


Amber Edwards, Vince Giordano, and Dave Davidson at opening night.

At Cinema Village, co-directors Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards joined Giordano for lively Q&A sessions for back-to-back evening screenings during the opening weekend. A “Critics Pick” in the New York Times, Stephen Holden declared it “the next best thing to dancing on air.” Sheri Linden in The Hollywood Reporter raved “It swings! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance.” In the Village Voice, Alan Scherstuhl pronounced it “Rousing! Showcases both the recreations—persuasive revivals of tunes and arrangements and solos from the 1920s and ’30—and the great present-tense effort it takes to pull them off.” And David Noh in Film Journal International summed it up: “One of the best music docs ever.”

In February and March, the film will play at Symphony Space’s Thalia Docs series on the Upper West Side on February 11, March 5, and March 12. Then it’s on to Cleveland, OH, at the Cleveland Art Museum on March 15 and 17. Vince and co-director Amber Edwards will appear with the doc in Dallas at a special screening at the Texas Theater on March 24th, which will include a Q&A  followed by a live set by Dallas-based hot jazz band the Singapore Slingers. Vince and Amber hit the road again in April, with screenings and appearances for Cinema Society members in San Diego and the Phoenix area, and on April 14th the threesome will open the film on Los Angeles.


Vince Giordano–There’s a Future in the Past opens theatrically in NYC on Friday, January 13th 2017 at Cinema Village (22. E. 12th Street) for one week only, with daily screenings at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 PM. Vince and the filmmakers Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards will be on hand for Q&As after each 7 PM show on opening weekend. April 14th the film opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle. Between the New York and LA runs, the film will show in Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Payton, AZ. For details visit our SCREENINGS section.

Distribution and Two New Festivals

First Run FeaturesWe are thrilled to announce that “Vince Giordano–There’s a Future in the Past” has been signed for distribution by the venerable indie distributor First Run Features. First Run will handle theatrical, broadcast, educational/non-theatrical, home video, and streaming for the film throughout North America. Stay tuned for details on our bookings.


And, California, here we come, for the Carmel International Film Festival, October 19-23, 2016. We’d love to see our West Coast friends there, in the land of the Monterey Jazz Festival and the home of Doris Day.




After Carmel, CA we head to the Midwest for the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, October 20-30, 2016, where we look forward to a side trip to Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Foundation archive in Carmel, IN. Here’s what Michael had to say about “There’s a Future in the Past:”

The beautiful musical life of Vince Giordano is an inspirational story, brimming with dazzling performances by his band of virtuoso players and filled with atmosphere, drama and joy. His story is a metaphor for all of us who simply must follow our muse, consequences be damned, because there is no other choice. We are the lucky recipients of his magnificent obsession. It’s a remarkable film.