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Synopsis

Jacques Muyal, illustrious citizen of Nyon, devoted his entire life to one all-consuming passion: jazz. Everything started in Tangiers where while only a teenager he hosted a hugely influential radio show that introduced audiences worldwide to the immense wealth of supernaturally talented jazz musicians. Little did Jacques know that music and sound would become his life companions and mission. Throughout his entire existence, he promoted restlessly the music and the artists.

Still, one musician would mark his life more than others: Dizzy Gillespie. Legendary trumpet player that used to perform with Charlie Parker, one of the founding fathers of bebop, would become his life-long friend. The film explores the rich and rewarding relationship the two men enjoyed while keeping the flame of jazz alive.

Jacques Matthey’s warm-hearted film fills a gap in modern jazz history and shines a light on the pioneering Jacques Muyal, a Swiss engineer who is now rightly considered as one of the most influential jazz messengers the world has ever known.

Indeed: the beat goes on.

Why Support Us ?

It’s a struggle making films in Switzerland, and it’s not over once a film is made. The next step is bringing the film to the cinema, and the public to the film.

Our documentary has been selected by a number of festivals, including Visions du Réel à Nyon, In South Africa, and in the USA. Now it is time for the cinema openings.

For this, we have found a distribution Team, Aardvark Film Emporium, who believes in the film and in the public who wishes to discover Jazz through the eyes of a fan who went further, Jacques Muyal, supporting the artists he believes in.

We are now searching for distribution funding so that the opening events and cinema promotion can work well for the film, and the cinemas that program it.

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How will the WE Make-It funds be used ?

Bringing out an independent film requires publicity, promotion and events to compete with Hollywood in the cinemas. Here are the details of how the funding will be spent:

  • Coordinating opening events with the protagonist Jacques Muyal and other Connaiseeurs of Jazz
  • The travel and lodging costs for the Production team and protagonists for the opening events ( No 5 star hotels! )
  • Promotion costs (flyers, posters, Publicity in written and online press, public postering campaigns, Social Network campaign, etc.)
  • Press Agents: We are hiring agents for the 3 language areas of Switzerland to promote the film with journalists and audiences. Dvd Production
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