Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features films seen on PBS's Independent Lens, draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most - from newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more.


Chasing Trane by John Scheinfeld

Join us Sun, October 22 @ 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library
for a free hour-long screening of the Independent Lens film,
Chasing Coltrane, written and directed by John Scheinfeld.
Stick around after the screening for a discussion.

John Coltrane

About The Film

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld, Chasing Trane is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.

Chasing Trane features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of this film), along with hundreds of rare 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.


Join us after the screening for musical performances and a discussion lead by:
  • Dr. Richard Kelley - Associate Professor, Saxophone, Director of Jazz Studies & Undergraduate Studies at the SIU School of Music


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Photo: Dolores Huerta press conference-1975.
Credit: Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs Wayne State University.

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