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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Screens at Webster University July 14th – 18th

“I myself don’t recognize the word ‘jazz.’ I just feel that I play John Coltrane.” –John Coltrane Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary screens Friday, July 14th through Tuesday July 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts each evening at 8:00pm. Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich,
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Film Review: ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’

Film Review: ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’
Midway through “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” John Scheinfeld’s elegantly crafted and illuminating portrait of the singular jazz legend, John Densmore, of the Doors, talks about “Kind of Blue,” the touchstone 1959 Miles Davis album on which Coltrane was a pivotal player. Densmore calls it an album that transcends categories, one that even people who don’t “get” jazz can respond to. And he’s right. But let’s be honest: Even today, the people who feel like they don’t get jazz vastly outnumber those who do. “Chasing Trane” is a film that might have been made for them. Not because it’s “Coltrane for Dummies” — its grasp of Coltrane’s genius is direct and organic — but because it builds what John Coltrane did from the ground up, leading us through the mystery of his lyric celestial saxophone wail, and how it emerged from the complex person he was.
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John Coltrane Documentary ‘Chasing Trane’ Gets Release Date

John Coltrane Documentary ‘Chasing Trane’ Gets Release Date
Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.”

The film will hit theaters in April after premiering at the Telluride Film Festival in September, followed by showings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Idfa, and Doc NYC. It includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Cornel West, President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington.

The film is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci, and Dave Harding. “Chasing Trane” will be released theatrically beginning in New York on April 14, with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and additional cities to follow.


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Coltrane, an iconic saxophone player credited with revolutionizing jazz during the 1950s, died of liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40. He did not do any television interviews during his lifetime and only gave a handful of radio interviews,
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Comprehensive ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’ Will Open April 14 (Watch a Rousing Clip)

Made with the support of the John Coltrane Estate and the record labels responsible for most of the Coltrane catalogue, and titled “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” the film is directed John Scheinfeld (“The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” “Beautiful Dreamer: Brian… Continue Reading →
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Movie News: Mel Gibson to Reteam with Vince Vaughn; Watch Very Red-Band 'Fist Fight' Trailer

Dragged Across Concrete: Mel Gibson, who was just touted to join the comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2, is now on tap to reunite with Vince Vaughn in a thriller by a very exciting new talent. Gibson directed Vaughn in the Academy Award-nominated Hacksaw Ridge (above); the two will star together as disgraced police officers in Dragged Across Concrete, which follows them as they descend into the criminal underworld. S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) has written the script and will direct. [THR]   John Lennon: Yoko Ono will produce a movie that focuses on her romantic relationship with the late John Lennon (photo above from documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon). Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) will write the script. The movie will not only tell of Lennon and...

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Toronto: ‘Chasing Trane’ Explores Legendary Musician John Coltrane

Toronto: ‘Chasing Trane’ Explores Legendary Musician John Coltrane
“Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” John Scheinfeld’s new feature about the American saxophonist, composer, thinker, and creative innovator, lands in Toronto with what feels like perfect timing.

The recent so-called jazz renaissance, fuelled in part by an array of high-profile cross-genre collaborations on record and on stage, has seen the revolutionary artistry of Coltrane — who died of liver cancer at age 40 in 1967 — re-enter popular music discourse, priming young audiences for discovery.

So far this decade, half of the best feature documentary Oscars have gone to films about musicians. Not surprising, then, that numerous buyers — who got a first look at the pic in Telluride, with conversations now accelerating in Toronto — have been tracking “Trane” for almost a year. The project, which was initiated by producer Spencer Proffer, secured not only the full participation of Coltrane’s family, who control his publishing rights, but also unprecedented access to the
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John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director
The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer-producer John Scheinfeld — whose credits include The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of "Smile" with David Leaf — began pre-production on the film in November. Spencer Proffer is producing through his Meteor 17 company; longtime music video executive John Beug and Concord

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Four Elvis Presley movies currently in development

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Four Elvis Presley movies currently in development
Hollywood is shifting its focus to The King. After many years of the film industry trying to put together a biopic about Elvis Presley, it seems like the time has final come for the famous rock'n'roll musician to get his time on the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter is running a story about the many projects about Presley currently in development in Tinseltown. Most notable is the flick "Elvis & Nixon," which centers on an encounter between the singer and president in 1970. The film marks Cary Elwes' directorial debut, and currently has Eric Bana lined up to star as Elvis while Danny Huston will star as Nixon.

But that is just one of four projects centered around The King currently at play. Steve Bing has long been trying to make a biopic about Presley with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller. His flick, "Last Train to Memphis" (based on the biography
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John Scheinfeld Directing Elvis Biopic

John Scheinfeld ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon") will direct Rlf Victor Productions' "Fame & Fortune", an adaptation of the 2007 biography "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" penned by former Presley bodyguard Sonny West and biographer Marshall Terrill says The Hollywood Reporter.

Though he starred in 27 movies, his life story has never been the subject of a theatrical biopic, though his life has been portrayed in documentaries and telefilms. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kurt Russell previously played Presley in two such small screen projects.

Cindy Friedlander, Michael Schlau and West penned the script. Casting begins late fall with a 2012 theatrical release planned to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Presley's death.
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"Elvis: Still Taking Care Of Business" In 2012

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Rlf Victor Productions report they are producing a feature adaptation of the 2007 best-seller "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business", that was co-written by Elvis' close friend and bodyguard Sonny West, with biographer Marshall Terrill.

John Scheinfeld ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon") will direct.

With his brother 'Red', Sonny West was a member of Elvis' core group of friends and associates.

"John Scheinfeld is the premier director of popular culture bios on music icons," said Ricki Landers Friedlander, Chairman and CEO of Rlf Victor Productions. "Elvis Presley and Sonny West's story, which requires great sensitivity and understanding, couldn't be in more capable hands."

Producers are planning for a 2012 release.

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John Scheinfeld Signs On To Direct Elvis Biopic ‘Fame & Fortune’

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Despite being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Elvis Presley hasn’t had a lot of films made about his life. The example that immediately springs to mind is Elvis, which starred Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter — but even that was a made-for-tv movie. True Romance is another example, but that’s also minor; he appears out of focus, and is onscreen for only about a minute. But this anomaly will come to an end soon, with THR learning that John Scheinfeld will direct a biopic of the singer, titled Fame & Fortune.

The most important announcement — that is, who will be playing the icon — hasn’t been made yet, but that should come soon; casting will start in the fall, and it’s being lined up for a release in 2012 by Rlf Victor Productions. There’s a significance to the year: It coincides with
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Elvis Presley big-screen biopic finds a director

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Elvis Presley big-screen biopic finds a director
Though rock legend Elvis Presley has been the subject of two major made-for-tv biopics previously (a 1979 version starring Kurt Russell and a 2005 miniseries starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Rlf Victor Productions now has a big-screen treatment in the works, and they've tapped documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld to direct. Scheinfeld is perhaps best known as the director of the 2006 documentary "The U.S. vs. John Lennon", which premiered at that year's Venice Film Festival. The prolific filmmaker is no stranger to chronicling famous musicians, having previously directed docs on such subjects as Bette Midler, Andy Williams, and Ricky Nelson. The film will be based...
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Elvis Biopic Fame & Fortune Has A Director

Less than a month after the 34th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley comes the announcement that The King will finally get his big screen biopic. The Hollywood Reporter published a story naming John Scheinfeld as director for Fame & Fortune, based on the 2007 biography Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business by former Elvis bodyguard Sonny West and biographer Marshall Terrill. The film is aiming for a 2012 release, effectively then the 35th anniversary of the singer.s death. Scheinfeld has previously written and directed The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin. About Him?). It is confounding as to why it has taken this long for a biopic about Elvis to make it to theaters. seen a slew of the TV movies, including John Carpenter.s Elvis, but I.m looking forward to The King.s life getting the same ...
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Everybody's Talkin' About Harry Nilsson

In the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?), director John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) explores the rough-and-tumble life of the talented singer/songwriter. Best known for his classic, Oscar-winning hit, Everybody's Talkin' At Me (see above), from Midnight Cowboy, Nilsson was a close friend of The Beatles, especially Ringo Starr, who was the best man at Nilsson's wedding. A veritable who's who list of superstars from the '60s and '70s - including Brian Wilson, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Hugh Hefner, Robin Williams, Jimmy Webb, and more - reminisce about Harry's life in the biodoc, which is illuminating, musical, and wildly entertaining. We asked Scheinfeld to tell us more about what went into this labor or love. Tribeca: How do you describe Harry Nilsson to those who may not know who he is? John Scheinfeld: Harry was an extraordinarily gifted artist.
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Lorber Can't Live Anymore Without Harry Nilsson Doc

In a deal that has been worked out for some time now, before becoming a collectible the home vid market, Lorber Films will give the well-aged 2006 preemed doc film that celebrates the life and music of Harry Nilsson at short release commencing at the Cinema Village. Directed by John Scheinfeld and in the same style as The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? which opens on the second Friday of September, is a talking heads docu and if you're like me, and know the voice but not the man, then this might be the ideal docu to brush up on. Here's the synopsis: The Beatles said that Harry Nilsson was their favorite American musician. In his career, Nilsson won 2 Grammys and sold 17 gold records, and yet he is relatively unknown today. Who Is Harry Nilsson?, a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary, sets
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Sundance Review: Nowhere Boy

Sundance Review: Nowhere Boy
Think back on as many films about John Lennon as you possibly can. Ignore the films that actually featured the man from A Hard Day's Night to The U.S. vs. John Lennon and just consider the ones that attempted to provide insight into what formed the man's regarded genius. Not a very long list is it? In the few like Backbeat and the telefilm, Two Of Us, where Lennon had a significant role instead of a background cameo made for kitsch or a laugh, the variant focuses on Lennon's life have done little justice into justifying why he is considered one of the greatest songwriters who has ever lived. Sam Taylor-Wood's focus on Lennon's teenage years in Nowhere Boy is a barren soap opera of a film that puts more emphasis on his mood swings than what made his music so great.

For the film's first half-hour we meet the
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Ford to get fete treatment at Aspen fest

Ford to get fete treatment at Aspen fest
The 28th annual Aspen Filmfest, set for Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, Colo., will honor Harrison Ford with its Independent by Nature Award. The fest, which will close with Stephen Frears' The Queen, will feature such documentaries as Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, and David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's The U.S. vs. John Lennon.

Lions Gate takes 'Descent' to AFM

Lions Gate takes 'Descent' to AFM
Lions Gate International has picked up international rights to the snowboarding documentary First Descent, which Universal Pictures will release domestically. Lions Gate, which acquired the rights from MD Films, will introduce Descent at the upcoming 2005 American Film Market, where it will premiere. The film joins several documentaries on Lions Gate's AFM slate, including The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man and Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man. Descent chronicles the rise of snowboarding as seen through the eyes of several extreme athletes. Spanning four decades, the film follows the sport's evolution from a fringe hobby to an Olympic event.

'Rock Docs' a lock for VH1

'Rock Docs' a lock for VH1
VH1 next year is launching a new documentary franchise, Rock Docs. The feature-length programs will air occasionally, utilizing never-before-seen footage and unconventional narrative approaches to tell stories from all areas of popular music. Upcoming projects include the Lions Gate Films theatrical release The U.S. vs. John Lennon, a chronicle of the Beatle's transformation into an antiwar activist, as well as Docs about the final days of TLC band member Lisa Lopes, Run DMC rapper Darryl McDaniels' quest to find his real parents and a four-hour history of heavy metal.

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