Jazz icon Wes Montgomery is the subject of an upcoming film that seeks to “solve the mysteries” of the great guitarist.
Jukeboxer Productions, whose previous works include a documentary on Kurt Vonnegut, is working on the new film titled Wes Bound projected to be completed and released in 2023.
It will be the first-ever film documentary on Montgomery, described by the filmmakers as “a musical genius who couldn’t read a note but could compose beautiful songs and play others’ work with dazzling complexity and simple soulfulness.”
Montgomery’s wife Serene and youngest son Robert have both endorsed the project and are working with the filmmakers to bring the guitarist’s life story to audiences.
“People know about the music, but they don’t know about him and where the music came from,” Robert Montgomery told the Indianapolis Star. “It wasn’t just his style of playing; it was him as a person. When you have music that comes from the heart and the beauty of a person, then it draws you into what’s being played.”