'Jaco: A Documentary Film' Screening Announced at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles

The November 22nd Ace Hotel screening will be followed by a 9pm performance by Robert Trujillo
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Date: Sunday, November 22
Time: 7pm
Concert: 9pm



On Thursday, November 22 at 7pm, The Theatre at Ace Hotel will host a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary JACO. The film, which was executive produced by world-renowned Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures, and directed by Mr. Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, chronicles the brief but extraordinary life of the great American musician/composer Jaco Pastorius. The film will be available via VOD, streaming services, and digital download on Friday, November 27th, along with the official DVD/Blu-ray release in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday 2015. That same day will also see the long anticipated release of JACO: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, Sony/Legacy’s official musical companion to the film.

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The Ace Hotel screening will be followed by a 9pm performance by Trujillo and fun rock collective Mass Mental, featuring Armand Sabal-Lecco, Brooks Wackerman, Whit Crane and Stevie Salas. Hipster Assassin featuring Felix Pastorius will also be performing.

JACO tells the remarkable and tragic tale of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings unveil the true story behind Pastorius’ all-too-brief life, his music, and heartbreaking end.

JACO follows Pastorius’ beginnings and ascent, from his era-defining work with jazz-fusion pioneers Weather Report to crossover collaborations with Joni Mitchell and Ian Hunter to his own inspired solo career as bandleader and composer. Highlighted by exclusive material from the Pastorius family archive, the film features memories and encomiums from a spectrum of Jaco fans and followers, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and many others.

The official Record Store Day film of 2014, JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin, TX’s SXSW Film Conference & Festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers Trujillo and Marchand as well as longtime Pastorius collaborator Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Word of Mouth) and JACO Executive Producer John Pastorius. The session can be viewed now at www.sxsw.com/music/news/2015/video-spotlight-jaco-2015-sxsw-music-conference. In addition, SXSW ON’s Studio SX interview with Trujillo, Marchand, and Pastorius is streaming at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm7CSf6rQeU.

JACO has since earned applause at a number of major festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film “(captures) the essence of what made Jaco such an influential artist,” declared the Montreal Gazette, praising “the glowing words of Marchand’s interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves” and hailing JACO as “an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician.”

About Ace Hotel DTLA:
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles makes its home in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, the ornate, storied and vibrant Theatre and the 14-story Spanish Gothic office tower that fronts it have been lovingly retrofitted into a modern hotel — enlivening the building's historical soul with the scrupulous attention to detail that Ace has built its reputation on. It's the kind of project that we dream about, and we're honored to stand as a spiritual anchor at the heart of the Broadway Theater District’s vibrant modern renaissance.

About JACO's Filmmakers:

Robert Trujillo, currently the bassist for Metallica, was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in the surf and skate culture in and around the streets of Venice Beach. He attended Dick Groves School of Music in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Max Bennett. Trujillo directed a handful of Infectious Grooves videos in the mid-nineties while he was a member of the bands Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. He recently collaborated with Titmouse Animation to create ‘Tallica Parking Lot, a four-minute animated short which includes cameo appearances by characters fromSouth Park, Beavis and Butthead and Metalocalypse. He was also a creative contributor to Metallica’s latest 3D feature film, Metallica: Through the Never, and has several other film projects in development. A longtime Jaco fan, Trujillo has always felt that Pastorius broke down the walls and barriers that often confine styles of music while bringing a punk attitude to his performance and composition, inspiring musicians across styles and genres.

John Battsek has produced over 30 feature documentaries as a founder of Passion Pictures, including Oscar winners Searching for Sugar Man, One Day In September and many acclaimed titles such as Restrepo (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner & Oscar-nominated, 2010), The Tillman Story, In The Shadow of the Moon, Fire in Babylon, Sergio, My Kid Could Pain That, Stones in Exile, Project Nim and many more.

Paul Marchand is an experienced documentary filmmaker whose editorial credits include Martin Scorsese’s upcoming documentary on The New York Review of Books and Chris Rock’s Good Hair. He was the Director of Photography on John Maringouin’s Big River Man, which won Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival.

Stephen Kijak's previous credits include Stones in Exile, commissioned by the Rolling Stones to tell the story of the making of their classic LP Exile on Main Street, and Scott Walker – 30 Century Man, a comprehensive look at the musical evolution of Scott Walker, named #13 on Time Out London’s list of the 50 Greatest Music Films 

For more information visit: JACO