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Watch Sérgio Mendes Bring Brazilian Music to the World in ‘In the Key of Joy’ Trailer

Watch Sérgio Mendes Bring Brazilian Music to the World in ‘In the Key of Joy’ Trailer
Quincy Jones, Will.i.am, John Legend and more celebrate the transcendent musical achievements of Sérgio Mendes in the trailer for the new documentary about the legendary Brazilian musician, In the Key of Joy.

The clip opens with Mendes, in a voiceover, proclaiming his affection for a particular word in English, “Serendipity,” saying, “That’s the story of my life.” For the most part, the trailer lets Mendes’ music do the talking: soundtracked to his hit “Mas Que Nada,” it’s packed with archival footage of Mendes with his band, Brasil ’66, as
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Film Roundup: Sergio Mendes to Perform at Santa Barbara Film Fest Documentary Screening

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Film Roundup: Sergio Mendes to Perform at Santa Barbara Film Fest Documentary Screening
Sergio Mendes is set to perform after the world premiere of “Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy” at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Jan. 18. The Grammy award-winning Brazilian musician will perform three songs and participate in a Q&a at the Lobero Theater with director John Scheinfeld.

“Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy” includes interviews with Mendes, Herb Alpert, Carlinhos Brown, Harrison Ford, Lani Hall (lead singer of Brasil ’66), Quincy Jones, John Legend, Gracinha Mendes (Sergio’s wife and lead singer since 1971), Jerry Moss, Pele (soccer legend), Carlos Saldhana (Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Rio) and will.i. am.

Scheinfeld has made documentaries on subjects including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, John Coltrane and many others.

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Oscars Director Returns

Veteran Oscars director Glenn Weiss will return to direct the 92nd Oscars, producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced Tuesday. “We are so lucky that Glenn is back as our director this year.
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Proves It’s Very Much a Stop on the Road to Oscars

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Proves It’s Very Much a Stop on the Road to Oscars
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 35th edition, which will take place from January 15 to 25. There will be 47 world premieres and 71 U.S. premieres, with 50 countries represented overall, in addition to starry tributes that serve as an awards season stop for top Oscar contenders. Among those feted in their respective categories will be Renée Zellweger (American Riviera Award), Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver (Outstanding Performers of the Year Award), Laura Dern (Cinema Vanguard Award), Brad Pitt (Maltin Modern Master Award), along with the winners of the Virtuosos Award: Awkwafina, Taron Egerton, Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Aldis Hodge, George MacKay, Florence Pugh, and Taylor Russell.

The Sbiff is also unique in its yearly celebration of below the line talent. The crafts artists who’ve won the Variety Artisans Award this year are Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Frozen II”), Michael Giacchino (“Jojo Rabbit”), Kazu Hiro
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2020 Lineup
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) announced on Monday the lineup for the 35th edition, which will run January 15 to 25, 2020. The festival will feature 47 world premieres and 71 U.S. premieres from 50 countries, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions and free community education and outreach programs.

Sbiff 2020 will start with the Opening Night Film on Wednesday, January 15, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the U.S. Premiere of “A Bump Along The Way” directed by Shelly Love and starring Bronagh Gallagher, Lola Petticrew, Mary Moulds, Dan Gordon and Brendan Farrell.

A Bump Along The Way” is female-led, feel-good, comedy drama set in Derry, Northern Ireland, about a middle-aged woman whose unexpected pregnancy after a one-night stand acts as the catalyst for her to finally take control of her life and become the role model her teenage daughter needs and craves.

Also Read: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver
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Great Point Takes ‘Flight Risk’ (Exclusive)

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Great Point Takes ‘Flight Risk’ (Exclusive)
“Flight Risk” is taking off with Great Point, which has boarded sales on the U.S.-produced thriller. The film follows a group of strangers who wake up with amnesia on a bullet-ridden plane. Luis Prieto, who helmed the remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Pusher,” is attached to direct.

The action thriller is being produced by L.A.-based Automatic Media’s Ray Haboush (“The Last House on the Left”) and Robert Aaronson (“Chocolate City”). Great Point co-founders Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve will exec produce.

The story follows the strangers as they wake up on the plane, which is running on autopilot. They have no idea who they are, how they got there or who they can trust. “I was immediately hooked by the brilliant concept at the heart of this project, and I’m excited by the possibilities for an amazing cinematic experience,” Prieto said.

Producers Aaronson
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‘Sergio Mendes In The Key Of Joy’: First Footage Of Music Doc Featuring Quincy Jones, John Legend, will.i.am, Harrison Ford — Cannes

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Exclusive: UK sales outfit Great Point Media has released first footage of music documentary Sergio Mendes In The Key Of Joy, which features contributors including Quincy Jones, John Legend, will.i.am, Common, Harrison Ford and soccer legend Pelé. Currently in the final stages of post-production, the film charts the career of Brazilian musician Mendes and his band Brasil ’66. The three-time Grammy winner has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and is well known for hit singles such as Mas Que Nada. John Scheinfeld (Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary) directs, writes, and produces the film while Dave Harding (Grizzly Man) also produces, with Concord’s Glen Barros and John Burk and Great Point’s Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve executive producing. Great Point will have a promo in Cannes and the film’s release will coincide with Mendes’ new album. “Working on this film was a new adventure,
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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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Joshua Reviews John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane [Theatrical Review]

Miles Davis. Dizzy Gillespie. Thelonius Monk. All these names, to jazz “heads,” aren’t just the leading contenders for the genre’s Mount Rushmore. They also happen to be just a few of the names most closely associated with the work of one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists, John Coltrane. An artist who would go on to be as defining a voice in jazz music as the genre, or music in general, has ever seen, Coltrane is also an artist less well known than Davis and less mythologized than someone like Monk. However, he’s the subject of a new, first of its kind, documentary that attempts to at once shine a light on his life off the stage while re-contextualizing his work on it.

Entitled Chasing Trane, director John Scheinfeld introduces us not just to John Coltrane the legendary jazz icon, but also the man behind the myths and the legends.
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John Coltrane on Not Being Afraid of His Music Being “Too Way-Out” in New Clip from Definitive Documentary Bio

Abramorama is handling North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.” The film played to critical and audience acclaim in the fall of 2016 at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and also… Continue Reading →
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Official Trailer for 'Chasing Trane' Doc About Jazz Legend John Coltrane

"John Coltrane's sound rearranges molecular structure." Abramorama has released an official Us trailer for the documentary titled Chasing Trane, an extensive look at the life of jazz legend John Coltrane. This doc first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last year, and is a must-see for any die-hard jazz fans. It features tons of rare footage and photographs of Coltrane practicing and performing, including a never-before-seen studio tape found in a garage during the making of the film. Even if you're not that familiar with Coltrane, this doc spends plenty of time telling us who he is and why he was so passionate about music. 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. It's not the best doc, but it is a nice look at a legend. Here's the official
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Trailer, Poster Premieres + Screening Schedule: Definitive John Coltrane Documentary, ‘Chasing Trane’

Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.” The film played to critical and audience acclaim in the fall of 2016 at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival… Continue Reading →
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Big SXSW Buys, Gunpowder & Sky Gets ‘Below Her Mouth’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Big SXSW Buys, Gunpowder & Sky Gets ‘Below Her Mouth’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth.” Shot entirely with a female crew, the film tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016, and it went on to screen at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, and Goteborg Film Festival. It will also play at BFI Flare: London’s Lgbt festival in March.

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution will release the film on April 28, 2017, theatrically and across all major On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Verizon FiOS, and DirecTV.
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Neon acquires SXSW selection 'Gemini'

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Neon acquires SXSW selection 'Gemini'
The film stars Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz and John Cho.

Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distributor Neon has swooped on Us rights to Aaron Katz’s crime mystery Gemini in a deal with ICM Partners.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions financed and retains international rights.

Lola Kirke and Zoë Kravitz star as a personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss whose relationship is tested by a shocking crime. John Cho also stars.

Mynette Louie produced Gemini with Sara Murphy and the recent best picture Oscar-winning producer of Moonlight, Adele Romanski.

The film is presented by filmscience and is a Syncopated Films and Pastel Production in association with Rough House Pictures.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights from Syndicado to Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s Russian documentary The Road Movie and will release theatrically later this year.Abramorama will handle North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary starting in New
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The Words of John Coltrane Are Spoken by Denzel Washington in a Definitive Documentary Picked Up by Abramorama for North American Distribution

Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.” The film played to critical and audience acclaim in the fall of 2016 at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival… Continue Reading →
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Abramorama To Distribute John Coltrane Docu ‘Chasing Trane’

Abramorama To Distribute John Coltrane Docu ‘Chasing Trane’
Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld's documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. With interviews by Wynton Marsalis, President Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West and Common, Trane played to good notices at Telluride, Toronto and Doc NYC, among other fests. Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding, and is set for a theatrical release in New York on…
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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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Looking ahead to Doc NYC by Anne-Katrin Titze

Doc NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers at the IFC Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

This year's Doc NYC will open with Valentino: The Last Emperor director Matt Tyrnauer's latest, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, and close with John Scheinfeld's Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Thom Powers and I covered a wide range of films including Dawn Porter's Trapped, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson, Werner Herzog's Into The Inferno, Roger Ross Williams's Life, Animated, Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck's Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale, Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm's David Lynch: The Art Life, Claire Simon's Le Concours, Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson's The Ivory Game, Tom Hanks, John Mayer and Sam Shepard in Doug Nichol's California Typewriter, Lara Stolman's Swim Team, Adam Irving's Off The Rails and scads more when I sat down with the
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A Lesson In Toronto From ‘Chasing Trane’ And A Coltrane-Loving Dog: The Words Don’t Matter

A Lesson In Toronto From ‘Chasing Trane’ And A Coltrane-Loving Dog: The Words Don’t Matter
I once had a Coltrane-loving dog. A few bars from anything by Coltrane's classic quartet, and he'd flop down in a trance; you couldn't move him until it was over. I thought he was either a genius, or had ear mites. Of course, John Coltrane, we all know, was a genius, or something beyond. The musicians and pop philosophers who describe him in John Scheinfeld's documentary, Chasing Trane, which screened for the press and industry at the Toronto International Film Festival…
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Chasing Denzel: How ‘Chasing Trane’ Director Found Voice For Jazz Legend John Coltrane

Chasing Denzel: How ‘Chasing Trane’ Director Found Voice For Jazz Legend John Coltrane
While buyers are poring over Toronto scripted films and promos including Jackie, Colossal and Rebel in the Rye, the documentary category is starting to look interesting. Buyers are circling Chasing Trane, the docu on jazz icon John Coltrane. It’s directed by John Scheinfeld, who found himself facing a vexing creative dilemma that wasn’t there when he helmed The U.S. Vs John Lennon. “He never did a TV interview, and there were only a handful of radio interviews and the…
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