Opening the New Season of Independnet Lens, Denzel Washington Speaks the Words of Jazz Great John Coltrane in "Chasing Trane"

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03 November 2017
Chasing Trane
Photo: Courtesy of Chuck Stewart
"Independent Lens: Chasing Trane"
Season Premiere Monday, November 6 at 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld, "Chasing Trane" is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day. The film kicks off the new season of Independent Lens Monday, November 6, 2017, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings)  on PBS.
          "Chasing Trane" features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of this film), along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. Coltrane's exceptional story is told by the musicians who worked with him (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman), musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision (Common, John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington), Coltrane's children and biographers, and well-known admirers such as President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West.

          "Chasing Trane" reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped Coltrane's life and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Above all, it recounts the spiritual journey of a man who found himself and, in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age.
          "The fact that, 50 years after his death, there had never been a definitive film on John Coltrane was reason enough to support Chasing Trane," said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens executive producer. "What I really appreciate is director John Scheinfeld's full portrait of Coltrane as a man and a musician. What emerges is a noble person who, in his short life, transformed an art form and left an indelible mark on our culture. As one critic noted, 'the fact that someone as wholly beautiful as John Coltrane once walked this earth is enough to make you maintain some kind of faith in humanity itself.'"

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