You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Asbury Park Doc Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt to Hit Theaters

"Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll" will be shown on May 22 and 29.

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll,” a new documentary exploring the roots of the New Jersey sound, is hitting theaters worldwide for an engagement on May 22 and 29.

The film chronicles the town’s founding, its Jersey Shore heyday and dark periods like the race riots of the 1960s. Helping to dig deep into Asbury Park’s history are local luminaries Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt (aka Little Steven) and Southside Johnny Lyon. The theater run was facilitated through a partnership with Jersey Mike’s Subs and Halo X Media. The two companies are teaming up to donate a portion of the profits to promoting and creating music education programs for children, according to a release.

“Jersey Mike’s is also an iconic part of the Jersey Shore and a great supporter of the community,” said the film’s Director Tom Jones. “Their heartfelt desire to make a difference makes them a dream partner and is a part of what makes them a great American brand. It is inspiring.”

The film, which premiered on April 28, at the Asbury Music and Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre, includes concert footage of Springsteen joining Van Zandt at a performance in 2018.

Speaking to an audience at the festival after a screening of concert clips from the Thrill Hill Archives, Springsteen joked that after seeing a rough cut of the film the previous year, he wondered: “Why am I not in this? I should be in this.”

That tremendous oversight was rectified as Springsteen sat down inside the old Upstage Club for an on-camera interview. Springsteen said he was amazed that the interior looked “exactly the same” as it did the last time he was inside the building.

“Something happened here that wasn’t happening any place else,” Bruce Springsteen says in the film.  “And that mattered.”

Other E Street Band members and musicians in the film include: David Sancious, Garry Tallent, Edward Carter and Max Weinberg. Additionally, Jones assembled interviews with historians, a former mayor, and musicians from every background.

“You’d go to Ocean Grove to pray and Asbury Park to party,” Southside Johnny Lyon remembers in the film.

“We are pleased to support this project which shares an important part of our home state’s history, and have the opportunity to support youth music education programs at the same time,” said Rich Hope, CMO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “At Jersey Mike’s, we have always believed that getting children involved in activities, from the arts to sports, builds leadership, confidence and resilience.”

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll is a story about a community pulling together in trying times and finding common ground through music,” added Kymberli Frueh, senior vice president of programming and content acquisitions North America, Trafalgar Releasing. “It is remarkable to see companies like Jersey Mike’s recognizing the importance of music education and supporting initiatives that help to connect children with their passion and each other.”

Watch a trailer for the doc below:

More Film

  • Lee Byung-hun stars in "The Man

    Lee Byung-hun’s ‘Man Standing Next’ Secures 2020 Asia Theatrical Releases (EXCLUSIVE)

    Showbox’s political drama “The Man Standing Next” has secured releases in multiple territories in Asia. The film was picked up by Falcon for Indonesia, The Klockworx for Japan, Viva Communications for the Philippines, Shaw Renters for Singapore and by Moviecloud for Taiwan. Release dates in each territory have yet to be confirmed. Set 40 days [...]

  • Lulu Wang and Zhao Shuzhen'The Farewell'

    Zhao Shuzhen on Stealing Scenes in Her First American Movie, 'The Farewell'

    A year ago, 76-year-old actor Zhao Shuzhen shot her first American movie, “The Farewell,” based on writer-director Lulu Wang’s very personal family story. In November, Shuzhen found herself making her first visit to the States, where she earned standing ovations from audiences and posed for pictures with stars like Robert Pattinson at parties. Then she [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez and Director Lorene Scafaria

    'Hustlers' DP Todd Banhazl Discusses How Not to Shoot With the Male Gaze

    Cinematographer Todd Banhazl had to rethink conventional wisdom in shooting Jennifer Lopez starrer “Hustlers.” What sort of approach did you and director Lorene Scafaria discuss in terms of how you were going to shoot the women and create these strong images of strippers? From the beginning, we talked about this idea of control and the [...]

  • A Hidden Life Movie

    Film News Roundup: Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life' Screened at Vatican Film Library

    In today’s film news roundup, “A Hidden Life” is shown at the Vatican, “Limerence” finds a home, Dave Baustista’s “My Spy” moves, and the DGA honors two veteran members. VATICAN SCREENING Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” received a rare private screening at the Vatican Film Library this week. The movie centers on Austrian farmer and [...]

  • Wet Season

    'Wet Season' Star Yeo Yann Yann on the Need for Quality Chinese-Language Films

    Malaysia’s Yeo Yann Yann wiped away tears that weren’t purely of joyous triumph just minutes after receiving the 2019 Golden Horse Award for best actress in Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s “Wet Season.” The film plays in the New Chinese Cinema section of this week’s International Film Festival & Awards (IFFAM). Emotion welled up as she [...]

  • Wolf Totem

    Juben Productions Stretches From Peter Chan to Chinese Zombies

    Beijing Juben Productions has taken over rights to the popular “Wolf Totem” novel from China Film Group and is working on a sequel to be delivered in 2021 or Chinese New Year 2022. It also has a zombie film up its sleeve, as well as a British co-production about Shakespeare and a Chinese drama with [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content