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.[caption id="attachment_974" align="alignleft" width="500"] Amber Edwards, Vince Giordano, and Dave Davidson at opening night.[/caption]
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.