Directed by: Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand
Total Runtime: 110 min
Country of Origin: United States
Golden Athena, Athens International Film Festival; Official Selection: Mill Valley Film Festival, South by Southwest.
“Before Jaco, bass didn’t know what it was yet.”
(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)
There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, critics hailed him as “the future of modern music.” Driven only by his own desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Jaco transformed himself from a poor and unknown scrappy Florida boy into an international sensation — all without any formal musical training. Instead of chasing popular music, Jaco led his fans towards the music inside him, defiantly jumping off amplifiers, heaving his bass through the air, and refusing to be just a “sideman.” Jaco broke down the barriers between audiences and genres – and changed the course of music history in the process. Written and produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.