Australian filmmaker Emma Franz’s insightful film portrait of renowned virtuoso guitarist and composer in the movie “Bill Frisell: A Portrait.”
Grammy Award-winner and 10-time Downbeat Guitarist of the Year, Frisell has garnered countless accolades from critics, audiences and peers worldwide. Frisell is also sought after by some of music’s greatest artists across many genres.
The film was shot during a five-year period following Frisell’s projects in Berkeley, San Francisco and Italy. In New York Franz filmed the last-ever performance of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano at the Village Vanguard.
In addition to capturing this rare collection of performances and the processes that led to them, Franz spent time talking to numerous collaborators; luminaries who appear in the film include Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Nels Cline, John Zorn and the late Jim Hall.