Singer Billie Holiday
Beyond the Films

February 19, 2020

Billie Holiday’s Searing “Strange Fruit” Still Has the Power to Startle

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Nick Dedina There are often false narratives we tell ourselves so that we can simplify, and beautify, the past and erase aspects of the present that we are uncomfortable…...

John Coltrane in concert; credit: Don Schlitten

October 31, 2017

Filmmaker John Scheinfeld Chases Coltrane’s Legacy

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Filmmaker John Scheinfeld is no stranger to taking on challenging subjects for documentaries. The Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and writer/director/producer's other films include The U.S. vs. John Lennon,…...

an abstract shot of John Coltrane playing sax, as if through water
Beyond the Films

October 31, 2017

Chasing Trane Playlist: Coltrane and His Disciples

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Nick Dedina, Guest Contributor Drop a needle on a John Coltrane record, hit play on one of his digital playlists, or watch Chasing Trane and it’s easy to understand…...

June 19, 2014

Rest in Peace, Jimmy Scott

Craig Phillips in

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="550"] Jimmy Scott, at a jazz club in NYC, 2004[/caption] Jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, the subject of the Independent Lens documentary (and 2004 IL Audience Award Winner) Jimmy Scott: If…...

April 07, 2014

Meet the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Enjoy this collection of additional videos and links to check out more from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are the center of Reuben Atlas's new Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic,…...

Filmmaker Reuben Atlas Shooting Brothers Hypnotic

April 04, 2014

Reuben Atlas Gets Down to Brass Tacks with Brothers Hypnotic

Craig Phillips in Uncategorized

New York-based producer, director, and "non-practicing lawyer" Reuben Atlas has filmmaking in the bloodlines and music frequently on his mind, so it's perhaps no huge surprise that he wanted to…...