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article imageJaco Pastorius biopic nears finish line with help from fans

By Earl Dittman     Nov 21, 2014 in Entertainment
Metallica's Robert Trujillo and Passion Pictures ('Searching For Sugarman') have teamed with direct-to-fan platform PlegdeMusic to encourage devotees of the iconic bassist to become a major part of the upcoming picture 'Jaco - A Documentary Film.'
Call it a labor of love. Call it the portrait of a true legend. Call it an absorbing overview of one man's incredible journey and the many, many passengers who joyfully came aboard for the ride, and call it one of the most engaging artist documentaries you will ever see. It's called Jaco - A Documentary Film, and after five years of blood, sweat, tears and treasures, this eagerly-anticipated film biopic about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius is largely complete. Now the film's producers, Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Passion Pictures (Searching For Sugarman) have partnered with PledgeMusic to further engage with fans on the project.
A compelling story of prodigious talent, self-taught adventures and raw human vulnerability, Jaco - A Documentary Film presents the world of Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987), the one-time Weather Report band member who via his adventures with the electric bass, plus his genial qualities as a composer and performer, both reinvented and inspired a plethora of legends from Sting (The Police) to Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) to Trujillo himself.
"I saw Jaco at the Santa Monica Civic in 1979, and he blew my young mind away," enthuses Trujillo, the film's main driver, "so for me, Jaco - A Documentary Film is the absolute definition of a labor of love. He was such an integral figure for so many musicians, yet few outside the world of jazz and rock know much about him. I had to change that given that he basically changed my life."
Robert Trujillo of Metallica
Robert Trujillo of Metallica
Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, Jaco - A Documentary Film includes interviews with a wide array of legendary musicians, from Herbie Hancock to Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell to Bootsy Collins, and was made with the full involvement and cooperation of the Pastorius family. Jaco - A Documentary Film contains incredible unseen footage and photography procured by Gregory and Johnny Pastorius, providing exclusive archival support to further augment this engaging story. A rough cut screening of Jaco - A Documentary Film took place in October 2014 at the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival in California, where it was enthusiastically received by a sold-out audience.
Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
The filmmakers have chosen PledgeMusic's direct-to-fan platform so as fans can not only be a part of the project but also unlock exclusive updates and content upon pledging. Pledgers can access a variety of unique experiences and cool items, such as:
*Jaco t-shirts and movie poster lithographs, featuring the film's primary psychedelic art designed by Parisian artist Chloe Trujillo in collaboration with New York's Steven Lampasona.
*Have their name in the DVD package liner notes.
*Enjoy a one-hour Skype bass lesson with one of a number of bass legends, ranging from Robert Trujillo to 'the groove master' Jerry Jemmott (Jaco's favorite electric bass player).
*Receive a signed replica of Jaco's original 'bass of doom' courtesy of Nash Bass Guitars, handmade by acclaimed luthier Bill Nash and signed by the likes of Flea, Les Claypool, Geezer Butler, Armand Sabal-Lecco and other noted musicians.
To review both these and all the other great exclusives available, pledge now at
"We have assembled an offering of exclusive items with PledgeMusic that reflect the documentary and directly involve some of Jaco's friends and admirers," says Robert Trujillo, "and the coolest thing is that every pledge becomes a collaborative part of making this film a reality."
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