Harvey Pekar’s Teo Macero has won a Golden Palm in the Short Documentary category at the 2015 Mexico International Film Festival.
Daragh McCarthy’s short documentary combines live action and filmed panels from Pekar’s American Splendor Comic. It has a jazz soundtrack consisting of pieces produced or played by Teo Macero throughout his long an illustrious career as producer, musician and avant garde composer.
Filmed in 2008 in a NYC hotel room and using the original artwork by award winning cartoonist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde), comic book pioneer and American national treasure Harvey Pekar reads from from his comic American Splendor telling the story of unknown jazz legend Teo Macero, producer of Miles, Monk and Mingus.
Producer of the three top-selling jazz albums of all time (number one being Kind of Blue by Miles Davis) Teo worked with Miles, Mingus, Monk, Brubeck and Ellington among many others to create multimillion sellers, avant-garde oddities and avant-garde multimillion sellers. Yet he is little known outside a relatively small number of aficionados.
Daragh McCarthy produced and directed the 7-minute film which was shot in New York by Tomas X. Dias and edited by Louise Finn at Piranha Bar Dublin.
Trailer inked here: