Stephen Kijak by Grant Gee
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Educated at Boston University's College of Communication, Kijak has been directing fiction and non-fiction films for over 20 years. His credits include the critically acclaimed BAFTA-nominated feature doc SCOTT WALKER - 30 CENTURY MAN (executive produced by David Bowie), the celebrated cult documentary CINEMANIA, and the platinum-selling STONES IN EXILE, a documentary commissioned by The Rolling Stones, and produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer John Battsek/Passion Pictures, about the making of the Stones' classic 1972 album "Exile On Main Street" which premiered as a Special Screening in the 2010 Directors Fortnight in Cannes. In 2012, he teamed with Passion Pictures again and Rob Trujillo from Metallica (making his debut as a film producer) on a feature doc about the late, great legend of bass, Jaco Pastorius. 

January 2015 saw the release of a feature documentary Stephen directed for PULSE Films about the biggest-selling boy band of all time, called "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of." The film broke iTunes pre-sale records and was a massive fan-favorite the world over.

WE ARE X, a documentary about the rock band X Japan, the most successful band in Japanese history making a play for American success with a show at Madison Square Garden, had its world premiere in the World Documentary Competition of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded a Special Jury Award for Editing.

IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW marks his 4th collaboration with producer John Battsek & Passion Pictures. It premiered at SXSW 2018 and won the Music Movies Competition at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. Kijak and Passion are currently in production on a feature documentary for Showtime about Judy Garland.

His return to narrative filmmaking, "Shoplifters of the World", based entirely on the music of The Smiths, wrapped production in the Fall of 2018.

 

SELECTED INTERVIEWS

STONES IN EXILE

L.A. TIMES

BOSTON GLOBE

 

SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN

INDIE WIRE

VILLAGE VOICE

 

CINEMANIA

NPR