Kijak studied with renowned film scholar (and Cassavetes expert) Ray Carney and the late, great Mel Howard at Boston University’s College of Communication.
He has been directing fiction and non-fiction films for over 15 years. His credits include the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated feature doc Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) (executive produced by David Bowie), the celebrated cult documentary Cinemania (2006), and the platinum-selling Stones In Exile (2010); a documentary commissioned by The Rolling Stones and produced by 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 2011, 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 the electric bass, Jaco Pastorius, simply titled Jaco (2015). He is currently in post-production on another Passion Pictures production, a feature documentary about X Japan, the biggest rock band to ever emerge from Japan.Visit Stephen's IMDB page