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A film by Joerg Steineck about master musician John Scofield

Running Time: 87 minutes
Released December 22, 2022
Produced, directed, filmed and edited by Joerg Steineck
Production company: Steineck Films / I‘m Filming Productions
Composer: John Scofield

Inside Scofield is the in-depth portrayal of the life of the acclaimed jazz musician John Scofield. Entirely narrated by himself, Scofield takes us on an inspiring trip into the mind and soul of one of today’s greats of contem­porary jazz. Shaped and inspired by Scofield‘s work, the film is simulta­neously a celebration of his creative impact as of true friends­hip, free communication, and courage towards human imperfec­tion, an essential element in jazz.

Inside Scofield meanders skillfully between biographical anec­dotes and ongoing life events. With John Scofield as humble, self-reflecting narrator of his own story, a remarkably versatile career, it becomes an ambitious trip into the mind and soul of a true master musician. From the fast-paced life on the road, to the seclusive life at home in Katonah, to memorable times in his old neighborhood in New York, where jazz moved on to another level and where he kicked off his career. Along the way Scofield provides answers to the important questions of music: What is improvisation? What has changed over the last 40 years of constant touring around the globe as a “Road Dog,” how has this change affected the music and how can one sustain its quality? It's an incredibly close portrayal about the devotion to maintain a career in music, while appreciating being a human playing together with other humans.

Joerg Steineck is a German filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, writer, and painter. His films have been well-received and awar­ded at international film festivals by a global audience. As an independent filmmaker he has developed a distinctive, un­conventional style of storytelling and realization, which is often characterized by contrasting naturalistic and stylistic elements to emphasize each other’s significance. His documentaries often focusses on cultural and social commitment and its impact on society. Inside Scofield is his third completely self-produced feature-length music documentary.