Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 6, 2014 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence
Special Event
Running Time:100
Director:Stephen Kijak
Paul Marchand
Producer:John Battsek
Robert Trujillo
Cinematographer:Roger de Giacomi
Editor:Paul Marchand
Joni MItchell
Geddy Lee
Bootsy Collins
Jaco Pastorius
Print Source:Brie Greenberg


There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument and fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. His lyrical fretless bass style redefined the role of the bass in 1970s jazz music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Pastorius alongside visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, and Herbie Hancock. Driven by a desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Pastorius transformed himself from a poor, unknown Florida boy into an international sensation, all without any formal training. He led his fans toward the music inside him, refusing to be merely a sideman, and earned his nickname “the punk of jazz” by defiantly jumping off amplifiers and heaving his bass through the air during live performances. Now, more than 25 years since his untimely death, Jaco (produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and illuminated by Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and others) captures the story of his restless, indestructible spirit. 

 *This film is part of Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence series. Robert Trujillo will be hosting the screening and introducing the film.

Robert Trujillo


October 6, 9:00 pm
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley
Tickets: $150, (MVFF badges not valid for this event) through
Sweetwater Music Hall: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/675603

A musical celebration honoring the pioneering jazz musician Jaco Pastorius Hosted by Robert Trujillo, Music Director and JACO Producer; Featuring: MAERIC with Mary Pastorius, David Pastorius & Eric Young; Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo of Metallica; Rodrigo y Gabriela, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction; L. Shankar; and special guests.

A benefit for the California Film Institute

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Additional Information

Paul Marchand is a documentarian who often fills multiple roles on his films. Recently Paul edited Martin Scorsese’s “The 50 Year Argument” (HBO, BBC) and Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” (Sundance Jury Prize). He was the director of photography on “Big River Man” (Sundance Best Cinematography) and the upcoming “Brand” (a documentary on Russell Brand). Paul began “Jaco” as editor and saw the film through to completion as director after Stephen Kijak’s early departure.

Stephen Kijak has been directing fiction and non-fiction films for over 15 years. His credits include the critically acclaimed BAFTA-nominated feature doc SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN (executive produced by David Bowie), the celebrated cult documentary CINEMANIA, and the platinum-selling STONES IN EXILE.