Chasing Trane

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, May 12, 2017

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Fresno Filmworks presents “Chasing Trane,” a documentary feature exploring the life, work, and influence of jazz icon John Coltrane. Featuring interviews with legendary musicians such as Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, and Common—and also featuring Coltrane’s own rare interviews, as narrated by Denzel Washington—the film chronicles the saxophonist and composer’s personal life and his contribution to music throughout his short yet powerful career. Using never-before-seen photos, home movies, and interviews, this film fully illustrates the life of the beloved Trane, one of jazz music’s biggest stars. From documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, who directed “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” and documentaries on diverse subjects such as Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and the Marx Brothers. Closed Captioning and other assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: John Scheinfeld
USA • 99 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Abramorama

SCREENING SPONSORS:
JazzFresno – Promoting jazz in the Central San Joaquin Valley through education and performance
90.7 KFSR Radio – Fresno’s Music Alternative

CULTURAL ARTS PARTNERS:
Fresno Philharmonic
Cineculture of Fresno State
Tower District Records
DJ mrleonard
DJ Conor Miles
Smooth Jazz Fresno


Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 105.5 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"A music titan gets his cinematic due in Chasing Trane, a comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful account of the life of John Coltrane, the alto sax player and composer most aficionados would agree deserves a spot on the jazz equivalent of Mount Rushmore." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
". . . just as Coltrane’s music transcends genre, the film — visually rich with hundreds of never-before-seen photos, home movies, animated paintings by artist Rudy Gutierrez, and other treasures — goes beyond familiar chronological music-doc patterns." — Jennie Punter, Variety
"A music titan gets his cinematic due in Chasing Trane, a comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful account of the life of John Coltrane, the alto sax player and composer most aficionados would agree deserves a spot on the jazz equivalent of Mount Rushmore." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
". . . just as Coltrane’s music transcends genre, the film — visually rich with hundreds of never-before-seen photos, home movies, animated paintings by artist Rudy Gutierrez, and other treasures — goes beyond familiar chronological music-doc patterns." — Jennie Punter, Variety

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.