About This Series
The award-winning series Independent Lens opens its new season with Chasing Trane, John Scheinfeld’s portrait of jazz great John Coltrane, featuring Denzel Washington speaking the words of Coltrane. Other highlights of the Fall 2017-Winter 2018 lineup include Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated I Am Not Your Negro; Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities, the latest film from Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams; Jennifer M. Kroot’s The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, a fascinating look at the life and times of the groundbreaking creator of “Tales of the City”; Peter Nicks’ The Force, an inside look at Oakland’s troubled police department; and Peter Bratt’s Dolores, a moving portrait of pioneering labor and women’s rights activist Dolores Huerta.
Independent Lens is a weekly series featuring documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service.
Independent Lens: Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary
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 the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
Independent Lens: Shadow World
Based on "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film exposes how a defense industry that is supposed to enhance security instead gives us the opposite: a more dangerous world.