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DAVID FRIESEN: More than Jazz

A multi-episodes documentary film about the musical and personal life of DAVID FRIESEN – the legendary American jazz musician, composer, educator.

  • Nataliya Digtyar
  • Nataliya Digtyar, David Friesen
  • David Friesen
    Key Cast
    "David Friesen"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 17, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
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Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Czech Republic
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Nataliya Digtyar

Natalie Digtyar for the past 6 years, has been the personal assistant to David Friesen, the legendary American jazz musician, composer, and educator.
She has been traveling with him every year and filming his life while he is on his concert tours in Europe and Ukraine...filming his concerts, interviews, life on the road with interesting experiences and also the rigors of life on the road for the jazz musician.

While not being a professional filmmaker with many films to her credit, nevertheless, Natalie Digtyar is an extremely talented artist whose creativity as a first-time filmmaker is quite marvelously unique. Actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon after viewing the 6 episodes of the David Friesen Documentary “More Than Jazz” commented on the “extraordinary and wonderful unique style of film making” by Natalie Digtyar.

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Director Statement

This multiepisode documentary film arose as a tribute to the extraordinary talent and incredible efficiency of David Friesen.