CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY to have its Alabama Premiere at The University of Alabama, Birmingham1:04 PM
The City of Birmingham will be the site of an advance Alabama screening of the critically acclaimed "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary," on March 25, at 7:00 p.m.
To date, the only public viewings of this important feature documentary have been at select film festivals including the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with stellar reviews.
"Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary," written and directed by John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson and Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him? ), is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.
Two-time Academy Award winning actor, Denzel Washington speaks the words of Coltrane throughout the film.
"In many of his roles Denzel radiates an exceptional quiet strength," Scheinfeld said. "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."Amongst the film's interviewees are former President Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Academy Award winner Common ("Selma" title song), jazz legend Sonny Rollins and former Coltrane band member McCoy Tyner amongst other esteemed musicians. Spencer Proffer was selected by the Coltrane family to lead the production in light of his highly regarded and long career as a music producer and songwriter who has been responsible for millions of records sold around the world.
Coltrane's composition and recording, "Alabama," and its genesis is highlighted in a segment in the film. The composition was inspired by the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and set to the pentameter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's sermon response to that act.
Producer Proffer is the child of Holocaust survivors and has said, "16th Street and Kelly Ingram Park are hallowed ground. My family connection to the struggle for civil and human rights is the reason I wanted to personally deliver this film for viewing in Birmingham."He has a career-long commitment to issues of civil and human rights, among other civic issues to which he gives time and resources.
Proffer provided dozens of scholarships to kids across North America to further science and space education while producing the SET Award winning movie, Space Warriors, in partnership with Walden Media at that time.
Mayor William Bell said, "The history of Birmingham is central to American history. John Coltrane's inspired 'Alabama' is an eternal musical monument to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley. We thank Spencer and his team for including us in this film's journey and making this very meaningful connection with our community."
Buddy Palmer, president and CEO of Create Birmingham, said "It's an honor to be a local collaborator with Meteor 17 in bringing "Chasing Trane" to Birmingham. The film is a loving tribute to an amazing genius, and it reminds us that one of the greatest gifts that art gives to humanity is to express that which is otherwise too deeply felt for words.""Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary," produced by Proffer, Scott Pascucci, John Beug and Dave Harding will have its national release in New York City on April 14, followed by opening in neighboring Atlanta, Georgia on May 12 at the Landmark Mid Town Art theater.