Two free screenings of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary at JMKAC, November 2

October 13, 2017


Contact: Patricia DuChene
Media Relations Coordinator

The free Indie Lens Pop-Up series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center begins a new season, Thursday, November 2, with Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, a film by John Scheinfeld. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life as a man and an artist. The film is a definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day. Carlos Santana says of him, “Some people play jazz. Some people play reggae. Some people play blues. [Coltrane] played life.”

Chasing Trane features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. Coltrane’s incredible story is told by the musicians who worked with him (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman), musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision (Common, John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington), Coltrane’s children and biographers, and well-known admirers such as President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West.

Chasing Trane reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped Coltrane’s life and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Above all, it is the incredible spiritual journey of a man who found himself and created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age. Although Coltrane never did any television interviews (and only a handful for radio) during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through thoughts he expressed during print interviews spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.

The film can be seen at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 2, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan. Screenings are free and open to the public. There will be a pre-film reception at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Sheboygan North High School Jazz Band featuring guest artist Jeff Schieble. The ARTcafe and a cash bar will be open for the purchase of refreshments. Schieble, leader of the Generations big band and adjunct professor at UW-Sheboygan, will also facilitate after-discussion following the evening film showing. Call 920-458-6144 or visit for additional information.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.
The Arts Center coproduces Indie Lens Pop-Up with Milwaukee Public Television.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.

Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries.

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