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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 Jaco Pastorius 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. Now over 25 years since his violent and untimely death, his story will teach the world about true musicianship, family, and the indestructible power of the human spirit. www.jacothefilm.com

Filmmakers Live with director Paul Marchand

tags: Documentary, History, Music, Portrait

With: (Dokumentarfilm) Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Sting, Herbie Hancock


Screenplay: Paul Marchand, Robert Trujillo

Director of Photography: Roger De Giacomi

Film Editor: Paul Marchand

Composer: Jaco Pastorius, Mass Mental

Production Designer: Chloe Trujillo

Sound: Brian Risner

Producer: Robert Trujillo

Production Company: Slang East/West L.L.C.

Co-Producer: Lorenzo Esparza

Co-Production Company: Passion Pictures

World Sales: Passion Pictures

Director: Paul Marchand, Stephen Kijak