The cult of Springsteen hardly needs an excuse to celebrate its Garden State golden boy—someone who has elevated the song count-off to near mythic proportions—but the release of last year’s compilation The Promise was legitimate cause for excitement. The deluxe edition included 21 unreleased songs from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, along with a documentary about the tumultuous circumstances surrounding its creation. The film, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, embodies the hallmarks of Springsteen’s beloved persona: a David vs. Goliath-like struggle against his former manager, his refusal to simply replicate the success of Born to Run, and an unfailing sense of obligation to his New Jersey brethren who never made it out. Tonight’s second and final screening of the film at West End appeals to the Boss’ activist sensibilities: fifty percent of all proceeds go to the Impact Arts + Film Fund, an organization described as “a platform for arts, documentary and narrative film-making to engage with the political and policy arena.”
The film screens at 5:30 p.m. at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $15.