Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' film to debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Chris Jordan
Asbury Park Press
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Bruce Springsteen's “Western Stars” is going north.

The Thom Zimny and Springsteen co-directed performance film of Springsteen's latest album, “Western Stars,” will premiere Sept. 15 at the closing night of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

Bruce Springsteen

“Western Stars” was among the films announced on Tuesday, July 23, in the Gala and Special Presentations programs by the fest. 

The fest runs Sept. 5 to 15.

Springsteen announced the film on SiriusXM's E Street Radio on July 10.

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“We made a film of the ‘Western Stars’ album,” said Springsteen, calling from his car after a trip to the gym. “I played the record from start to finish, along with some other things, because we knew we weren’t going to tour so I was looking for  a way to get some of the music live to an audience. So we figured  that was the best way to do it.” 

The critically acclaimed “Western Stars” is a new direction from Springsteen, influenced, in part, by the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s.

“We’re excited by the whole reception of the record because I thought the record was a little off to the left, and I really didn’t know what kind of response it would get,” Springsteen said. “Just walking around and talking to fans on the street and seeing how the record was received, it was very exciting and it made us look for how we could further that experience for the fans without going out and playing live right now because I’m still working on some other things, too.”

Springsteen has previously said that “some other things” include recording with the E Street Band in the fall and touring next year. 

Staying on a musical note, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” directed by Daniel Roher, also will be making its world premiere in Toronto on Sept. 5.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki.  Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; Stay with or consider a subscription today.

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