This movie is so much more than an archival examination of one of the greatest albums in rock history. It’s a piece of art, an exploration of the creative process, a worm’s eye view of a young artist with a huge amount at stake, hurling himself and his band members towards greater and deeper levels of expression. It’s a helluva journey. Great work TZ!
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
Variety: The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (Documentary):
By ROB NELSON
“An incisive anatomy of an album that was painstakingly recorded in 1977 by a lean and hungry young Bruce Springsteen, Thom Zimny’s rock-doc The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town strongly conveys its subject of an artist trying to preserve his modest roots amid popular success. Hordes of Springsteen fans will relish HBO’s Oct. 7 broadcast of the pic and its subsequent DVD release as part of a hefty box set. But, to its credit, ‘Promise’ keeps the faith with most anyone who’s interested in the obsessive nature of the artistic process.
A Thrill Hill Prods. presentation. Produced by Thom Zimny. Executive producers, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr. Co-producer, Jamila Qazi. Directed by Thom Zimny.
With: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Appel, Patti Smith, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Stevie Van Zandt, Thom Panunzio, Frank Stefanko.”