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A candid look into the life of one of the greatest bass players in the history of jazz as he crafts his next album.
A candid look into the life of one of the greatest bass players in the history of jazz as he crafts his next album.
A candid look into the life of one of the greatest bass players in the history of jazz as he crafts his next album.
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A syncopated life - the only life for bass virtuoso John Patitucci. As the globally celebrated jazz veteran returns to the studio to record his 14th album, he shares the life stories that form the spirit of each track. This film journey takes the audience from the studio to the unlikely roots of his musical career. Patitucci's life is captured while he juggles time with his wife and teenage daughters, travelling worldwide for gigs with the best of the best, teaching, and participating in his local church. How does he do it all? Just like the rest of us. This is a story of faith, persistence and unmatched talent, woven into the history of a musical genre uniquely American.

The band - John is excited to be introducing his brand new semi-hollow electric bass that Yamaha built from scratch exclusively for him. It is a beautiful instrument with "f-holes" like a jazz guitar. The record, entitled "Brooklyn," will feature John on the new bass with guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas, and Brian Blade on drums. Each of these musicians has earned the utmost respect in the world of jazz. The film will capture their insights, as well as others who work with John, as we see what keeps him ticking. Check out the band members websites: 

http://www.brianblade.com/            http://www.stevecardenasmusic.com/

http://www.johnpatitucci.com/         http://www.adamrogersmusic.com/

What a career so far - One of the world’s most respected musicians and educators, John Patitucci has played with some of music’s biggest names including Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Milton Nascimento, Bono, Sting, and many others.

Known for his versatility, sensitivity and tone, Patitucci is widely regarded as one of today’s most influential musicians and composers. Patitucci has won 3 Grammy® awards and been nominated over 15 times. In 1986 Patitucci was voted “Most Valuable Player” on acoustic bass by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and his debut solo album, John Patitucci (1988) reached number one on the Billboard jazz charts. He has been voted “Best Jazz Bassist” in the annual Readers’ Poll for Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines 7 times.

John Patitucci is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music. John also teaches hundreds of online students through the Jazz Bass School at ArtistWorks. He continues to compose and record music that reflects his interests in jazz, classical, Afro-Cuban, blues, Brazilian, R & B, pop, etc.

Our production schedule - Over the course of three weeks in November, we will film in New York and Boston. We will capture interviews, the rehearsals, recording, mixing and mastering of Patitucci's album, as well as John teaching at the Berklee College of Music.

Our Biographies

Director Patrick Cone, a native Arkansan, always knew he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. From an early age, any time he visited the theater, it was what happened behind the scenes that captured his imagination most.

That imagination led him to Florida, where he studied filmmaking at one of the world’s leading film schools, Full Sail University. He went on to work at various levels of production in Los Angeles before finding his true passion in helping socially conscious organizations tell their stories.

He founded C1 Entertainment in 2006 and has since traveled the world, capturing images from the poorest villages to the glitziest cities - wherever the story takes him.

Cone has learned under some of the most groundbreaking filmmakers in the business, including Producer Hunt Lowry (Last of the Mohicans, Donnie Darko), Oscar nominated Director Tom Neff and Director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Age of Adaline).

He believes in keeping his eyes and ears open, his mouth shut and his cameras rolling. Patrick currently resides in Dallas with his wife, Lauren and son, Eliot.

Producer John St. Angelo has been in the entertainment business since he was 9 years old and started a magic act using his father as a silent assistant. He went on to study acting at Northwestern University, Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and received his BFA degree in the conservatory program at SUNY Purchase College. He worked as an actor in New York and Hollywood, starring in the theatre, opera, film and television. John was an intern with Ron Howard’s production company during college, and he later became an original member of BlueBarn Theatre in Omaha, now celebrating their 26th season.

Suddenly changing courses, St. Angelo received his Masters degree at Purdue University has been working full-time as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist for 13 years. Now coming full circle back to film production, John has narrated feature length documentaries and is currently serving as a documentary film producer for August Films in collaboration with C1 Entertainment in Dallas.

John lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife and two children.

August Films is the newest venture for cousins John and Bill St. Angelo. In 2010 and 2011 Bill, the entrepreneur, produced two documentaries for extraordinary families. He hired Patrick Cone to direct and cousin John as a voice-over actor. They had so much fun in the process they decided to make a business out of it. This Patitucci project will be the first of hopefully many from August Films in collaboration with Cone and C1 Entertainment.

Director's Vision - Patrick Cone seeks to tell a personal story of the life of John Patitucci and how his life experiences to date inspire this album. The film will feature use of old photos, film footage and reenactments to help bring the story to life. The director feels strongly about the use of music in his documentaries and will be able to lay a great sonic foundation with the jazz music available.

The crew will follow John and the band during rehearsal, studio time and postproduction to observe what it’s like to craft an album. Depending on how the stories emerge, the film may or may not be linear in the final cut. The film will be shot in brilliant high definition with a variety of HD cameras.

Patrick Cone
Patrick Cone

The amount of this project's goal is the bare minimum budget for pre-production and actual filming of the documentary in November. To be completely clear about our spending, after Kickstarter's fees are taken out, none of the pledges will go toward the funding of John Patitucci's album. All funding from this campaign will go directly into the costs of making this film. If we are fortunate enough to receive more than our goal, we will put those monies toward the second phase of the film, which will be post-production and distribution costs. Stay tuned! If you are interested in becoming the sole Executive Producer for this film, please contact us to discuss the opportunities.

 The Yamaha TRB JP-2 Bass 

These photos show the bass that John Patitucci will sign for the lucky $10,000 backer!
John Patitucci with the original Yamaha TRB JP-2 bass
John Patitucci with the original Yamaha TRB JP-2 bass

Risks and challenges

After our project is successfully funded we will face some unique challenges because this goal is only enough to fund the filming of the documentary. We will need to seek additional funds to see the film completed through post-production and distribution. Thus, there will be either a second phase Kickstarter campaign, or a search for financiers to fulfill these needs. A contribution to our current Kickstarter campaign could be considered a risk knowing it only covers part of our overall projected budget. However, we are determined that once we have the film shot, we will not stop until it is released as a finished product.

We have a variety of options for self-distribution, including direct sales to consumers via website orders of DVDs, downloading and pay per view. If we choose to enter the film in festivals, there will be additional options for distribution through possible sales to streaming services, cable channels, and even a limited theatrical release. The production process itself is fully insured from any foreseeable mishaps. Our bare bones production team is all set with a director, a producer, two camera operators, a sound person and a production assistant.

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    A D'Addario NS Micro Universal Headstock Tuner (Item # PW-CT-13) + Your name in the documentary credits under "Thank You" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A set of D'Addario ENR71-6 bass strings (John’s favorites) + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A lead sheet from the recording session signed by John Patitucci + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A 10 minute phone call from John Patitucci. Ask him that question you've always wanted to know! + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A one hour bass guitar lesson via Skype or Face Time with John Patitucci + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    Your name in the documentary credits under "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER(S)" + Early internet access preview to the film + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    Your name in the documentary credits as "CO-PRODUCED BY" + A 10 minute phone call from John Patitucci + Early internet preview access to the film + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD + Your name in the documentary credits under "Special Thanks" + Your name will be listed as a supporter in our social media.

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    A signed Yamaha TRB JP-2 electric bass from John Patitucci's personal collection (John helped Yamaha design the electronic preamp for this beautiful instrument. He played it on his album "Songs, Stories & Spirituals." It is in near mint condition! He can personalize the signature just for you. See photos to the left.) + A John Patitucci signed copy of the studio album on CD + A reserved copy of the film on DVD. (The delivery date for the signed bass can be as early as December 2014. We estimate the delivery date for the CD and DVD will be in May 2015. We will pay for shipping at this pledge level.)

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