The Sedona International Film Festival presents a one-night only premiere of the new documentary, “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” on Thursday, May 25, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box musician whose boundary-shattering work continues to impact and influence people around the world.


This rich, textured and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption.

But, above all else, it is the incredible journey of a spiritual warrior who found himself and God and, in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends barriers of race, religion, age and geography.

It is a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

The beauty, poignancy, energy, pain, joy and inspiration heard in nearly 50 Coltrane recordings from throughout his career brings alive the artist and the times in which he lived. Even those familiar with his music will be able to hear and appreciate the music of Coltrane in a new and exciting way.

Although Coltrane never participated in any television interviews — and only a handful for radio — during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through his print interviews. These words — spoken by Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington — illuminate what Coltrane was thinking and feeling at critical moments throughout his life and career.

“Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 25, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information.

Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona. Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for more information.