The acclaimed film, Chasing Trane : The John Coltrane Documentary will have its theatrical premiere at the IFC Center in New York on 14 April 2017 with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and additional cities to follow. Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary having played to critical and audience acclaim in the Autumn of 2016 at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, as well as at the Toronto International Film Festival, IDFA and DOC NYC.
The film is set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist. Featuring interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West, President Bill Clinton and Common, among others, Coltrane’s own words are spoken by Denzel Washington. The film is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding.
Written and directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (“The U.S. vs. John Lennon” and “Who Is Harry Nilsson...?”), 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. The film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalogue.
Although Coltrane did not do any television interviews during his lifetime…and only a handful of radio interview, he will have an active and vibrant presence in the film beyond remarkable performance clips through thoughts he expressed during print interviews. His words are spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.
“In many of his roles Denzel radiates an exceptional quiet strength.” says the film’s director-writer John Scheinfeld. "Coltrane, many of his friends told me, embodied a similar strength. That’s why Denzel was my first choice to speak his words and I’m thrilled he made the time to participate in our film.”
The producers of the film stated, "We entered into this project with great respect for John Coltrane and his music. Our deep appreciation for both only increased during the production of the film, as we witnessed the profound impact that his music still has on so many people — a breadth of audience that defies any simple categorization.”
Richard Abramowitz added, “I’ve been a fan of John Scheinfeld’s work for years, particularly his Harry Nilsson film, and the opportunity to work with him on this exceptional piece about a man of unequalled gifts is, indeed, a privilege.”
Coming off their recent success with Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years, Abramorama has proven time and again that they are specialists at releasing music driven long-form documentaries.