Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
SXSW Chicken & Egg Award
South by Southwest
Shows a self-deprecating master whose hands seem to float while shaping sonic lines and fields that always surprise with their weird clarity.
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Bill Frisell: A Portrait

A character portrait of anti-archetype guitar hero, Bill Frisell, this nuanced film traces the ideas and processes that shaped Frisell’s music, and provides rare insight into the mind and personality of one of the significant musicians of recent decades. Full of live music, revealing stories, and intimate access to the normally reclusive Frisell, various collaborations are followed from development to fruition, including the last ever performance of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano. Also featuring Bonnie Raitt, Hal Willner, Paul Simon, Nels Cline, Joey Baron, Jim Hall, Jason Moran, Mike Gibbs, John Zorn, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter and John Abercrombie.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 12.16.17 - 12.17.17
NoHo 7, 12.15.17 - 12.21.17
Rated NR
Runtime: 115 min
Language: English

Director: Emma Franz

  • Nominee, Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
  • Nominee, SXSW Chicken & Egg Award, South by Southwest
FEATURED REVIEW: Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
The widely admired guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has lost count of the albums he's appeared on. In addition to his twenty or so solo records, and his appearances in other bands, he's played with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello to jazz legends like Jason Moran. Shot...