Jaco The Movie
postponed until July 2012
Who is Jaco?
John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III
About the Director Billy Yeager
Billy Yeager has begun the pre-production for the film Jaco The Movie. Yeager began writing the script when he had a supernatural encounter with the artist in a NDE experiment.
Yeager has already started scouting locations for his next feature film “Jesus of Malibu” in Costa Rica, which he says will take at least a year to film the first of a 3 part series.
When he returns in November he will begin the auditioning process for the lead character to perform the role of Jaco Pastorius world legendary bass player.
Billy; The film centers around the life and times of Jaco when he was young, between 14 and 25 years old , so we intend to reenact some very old nostalgic scenes from the glory days of Miami Beach Florida. We will also be featuring a Wayne Cochran look a like. Most of the sets will be designed by my aunt Bunny Yeager, who was around at that time a little before myself.
I am not going to delve into the stories of narcotics, alcohol, and strange behaviors; there is no point everyone knows this, its nothing new, so we can’t really learn anything from it.
My story is about the spirit and soul of someone who was connected to nature and the universe and I believe that Jaco had a great contribution besides leaving behind a legacy of Jaco wanna be’s; Jaco clones that haven’t a clue what the word originality is.
To center the film around a story of music, fame, drugs, sorrow and pity is just taking the easy way out, I intend to create a monumental masterpiece around the mind and imagination of a simple yet complicated man, one who had a lot of love in his heart.
I think as humans we should desire to probe the deepest thoughts of man, and ask ourselves “Why did Jaco want to play music, or why did Jaco want to make his statement sound arrogant that he was the greatest?
What is great? One person’s opinion is different from the other, choosing greatness or who’s the best bass player or guitarist is childish; you can leave that for the American football and beer mentality.
This is how they ruined music making it into a competition, and it’s the same thing they did to surfing and its purity, simplicity and beauty.
The world is a whore and it takes everything beautiful and turns it into its whore.
Music is beauty no matter how complicated or simple it is, and Jaco had beauty in my mind not in his complex fingerings or solos but beauty in simplicity of the small things and this is what the film will show.
My encounter with Jaco in 1983 revealed to me a childish nature and innocence when we played together in an intimate setting.
I remember Jaco dragging me by the arm all the way into the bathroom standing by the bathtub tickling my side and laughing and telling me how he recorded and mixed his kids giggling in the bathtub into a song he was recording on an album.
Then he dragged me outside to show me the trash can lids and explained how he ran outside with a microphone and recorded the garbage men in the morning banging the cans around and how he mixed that in the music also. But while he is telling me he is putting his fingers on his lips like“ Hey don’t tell anyone, they don’t know” And he’s laughing about it like a kid, and all I could think is, this guy is enjoying life, expressing himself like a sweet character not afraid of what people think, I liked that, and people need to see this, not the rude arrogant way he came off, that’s not the real Jaco. It’s similar in the way that I come off or am perceived, because I only let those who I feel a sense of communication with that I open up to.
Jaco was that way, and if he came off that way then its because those who were in his presence didn’t deserve to be with the spirit of Jaco, so he showed the other side.
When you come from a place of a spiritual nature then people become honest, sincere, and true.
That however will never be an issue for the cookie cutter indy filmmaker from the film school of Sams Club because any lame ass filmmaker can just throw together a bio story of Jacos life, call some people for tid bits, edit his best songs into the film somewhere and presto; another worthless piece of crap like everything else, because artist have no imagination anymore they are recycled waste in a wasteland of toxic culture poop..
I am doing this film because Jaco wouldn’t want anyone else to do it, and that’s what he told me, so I don’t care if anyone accepts it or not, because a true artists doesn’t fear, doesn’t sell out I am not in a popularity group trying to please simple minded folk waiting for Jaco to get knocked out by a punch in slow motion so we can be manipulated with a song as the credits role.
I am making this film because I am the greatest filmmaker to ever step on this planet, but the difference between my statement and Jaco’s is the arrogant humility factor divided by 2.
You tube auditions for the role of Jaco will be announced here so keep posted.