DOC NYC ’15: Springsteen doc to bow in New York

Thom Zimny's latest documentary on Bruce Springsteen (pictured), The Ties That Bind, will enjoy its world premiere at the New York festival on November 14.
October 29, 2015

The Boss is coming to DOC NYC. Or, at least, a documentary about him is.

Thom Zimny’s latest film on Bruce Springsteen, The Ties That Bind, will enjoy its world premiere at the New York festival on November 14. The doc features an “intimate” interview with the rock icon as he reflects on the turbulent writing and recording process behind his 1980 album The River.

The film is the surprise screening previously hinted at by festival organizers when announcing the DOC NYC line-up earlier this month. The director will introduce the film prior to its premiere, but don’t expect his subject to be in attendance. A spokesperson for DOC NYC says that Springsteen will not be at the festival.

Zimny has directed a number of docs on Springsteen, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in New York City (2001), The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010) and a doc short titled Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes (2014).

The Ties That Bind will debut on November 14 at 7:30 p.m. EST/PST at the SVA Theatre. Screening alongside the doc is a preview clip of the new concert film Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980.

Columbia Records will release “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” which contains both films as part of a larger CD and DVD package on December 4.


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