Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

2016, John Scheinfeld, USA, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 30th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 2nd 7:45pm
  • Mon, Jul 3rd 5:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 4th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 6th 8:00pm

"The genius of John Coltrane comes to life in an elegantly crafted documentary that can hook jazz novices as well as connoisseurs." — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A movie on a mission...Prepare to be dazzled." — Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

The first comprehensive documentary on the saxophone giant, CHASING TRANE begins in 1957, with Coltrane at a crossroads: he has just been fired from the Miles Davis Quintet for repeated drug use. Charlie Parker's heroin-hastened death two years earlier indicated one path to follow. Instead, after going cold turkey, Coltrane experienced a spiritual and musical awakening that took him to the farthest reaches of jazz and beyond, including such milestones as his crossover hit "My Favorite Things," his church-bombing elegy "Alabama," and his soaring 1964 album "A Love Supreme." Director Scheinfeld (THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON) chronicles this amazing journey with never-before-seen photographs and home movies; stunning performance footage; and Denzel Washington voicing Coltrane's words. In addition, a wide-ranging host of admirers (including Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, Common, John Densmore, Cornel West, and Bill Clinton) speak feelingly of the personal importance of Coltrane's music to them. As Santana says of Coltrane, “Some people play jazz. Some people play reggae. Some people play blues. He played life." DCP digital. (MR)

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