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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. »
- Owen Gleiberman
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, »
- Dave McNary
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 → »
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...
- Peter Martin
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