Temporarily Sold Out
90 min. Documentary Feature Film Legendary jazz guitar great Pat Martino underwent brain surgery that saved his life but erased all memory, emotion and the ability to play. There he should have remained yet, after years in the wilderness, he came back with such astonishing power and artistry as to bring into question all the known medical facts. Neuropsycologist Paul Broks explores the mysteries of memory, self and creativity underlying the human condition. Martino provides the sublime soundtrack. Martino is the protagonist of a story which is more Hollywood than Hollywood." - In-Edit
"Perhaps the finest documentary about a jazz musician ever made." - Vic Schermer, All about Jazz
Extras on the DVD include:
Concert footage: live at Birdland and Ronnie Scotts
Martino masterclass tasters; "The Nature Of Guitar" & "Sacred Geometry"
Paul Broks masterclass; "Is There a Soul?"
Carlos Santana and Pete Townshend talk Jazz
Les Paul interview
Michael Sembello interview
UK 2008 Color Length/ main feature: 82; Special extras: 70; Feature audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 & Dolby Digital 5.1 Aspect ratio: 16:9 Sixteen Films Executive Producer: Rebecca O'Brien Writer/Producer/Director: Ian Knox Writer/Associate Producer: Paul Broks Cinematography: Nyika Jancso & Ian Knox
Funding: Welcome Trust
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A Sixteen Films film, made with the support of the Wellcome Trust Sciart Award.
In 1980 Pat Martino moved his belongings from California to Philadelphia to live with two complete strangers: his parents. As a young jazz guitar virtuoso he had achieved near legendary status during the 60s and 70s, before being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition. Surgery had saved his life but wiped his memory. Back in his childhood home, surrounded by the relics of his former life, his father played him his old recordings at full volume and friends rallied to try to coax him back to being the great artist he had been. He could not dispute the evidence; the face in the mirror was the same as the one on the record sleeves but it meant nothing to him. Amnesia had ripped selfhood from his brain and rendered his life meaningless. He was nobody.
Director Ian Knox and Neuropsycologist Paul Broks travel America in search of the soul of the legendary jazz guitar great Pat Martino. Tracing his remarkable return from the depths of amnesia to the peak of artistic achievement, Broks explores the nature of memory, self, creativity and the mysterious brain mechanisms underlying the construction of personal identity. What is the self? How much change can it survive? Pat Martino is an unlikely American hero whose moving story holds meaning for us all.