VINCE GIORDANO Now Available On iTunes and DVD

“Vince Giordano—There’s a Future in the Past” is now streaming on iTunes and available as a DVD, and we are thrilled by the reviews. (Check out this one from The Huffington Post.) It’s been a long journey–more than five years–and we are grateful for the financial and emotional support of all the people who helped us reach our goal. Independent filmmaking is a long game that demands, and rewards, patience; here’s a recap of all that’s happened:

June, 2012 – we approached Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks about making a documentary.

August, 2012 – our first shoot, at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Sept 2012 – April 2014 – we keep shooting and start editing scenes for a demo, with seed money from some generous early supporters.

May 2014 – Our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raises $82,544, enabling us to keep shooting and editing.

August 2014 – April 2015 – while continuing to shoot new material, we edit the 2-hour rough cut down to 90 minutes.

May 2015 – Post-production on the final cut.

June 1, 2015 – we screen it for the first time to an invited audience.

July 2015 – February 2016 – we start the music clearance process, which means more private screenings and more fundraising. The film cannot be released until music rights are paid for.

best-scoreMarch 5, 2016 – World Premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival. Dave, Amber, and Vince all travel to the UK for this, and the film wins Best Music Score.

April – November 2016 – more public screenings and film festivals. We secure a distributor, First Run Features.

Amber Edwards, Vince Giordano, and Dave Davidson at the NYC premiere.

Amber Edwards, Vince Giordano, and Dave Davidson at the NYC premiere.

January 2017 – theatrical premiere in NYC, followed by screenings across the country.

June 27, 2017 – release on iTunes.

July 11, 2017 – release on DVD.


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.