Magazine article Variety

Sound and Vision

Magazine article Variety

Sound and Vision

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An assortment of films on subjects ranging from John Coltrane to Janis Joplin to the free jazz movement are in the pipeline for the next 24 months, both in theaters and on the film festival circuit. Among the highlights:

JANIS JOPLIN: Film Rise will release director Amy Berg's "Janis: Little Girl Blue" on Nov. 27 in the U.S. Having played six foreign film festivals since premiering at Venice, it will air on PBS' "American Masters" next year.

JOHN COLTRANE: John Scheinfeld's as-yet-untitled film on the saxophone legend is looking at late spring/early summer festivals. Made with the Coltrane estate's involvement, the director says the film will show "the global impact of his art" rather than a cradle-to-the-grave treatment.

HOWLIN'WOLF: Gina Berrett's "Smokestack Lightning" traces Howlin' Wolf's journey from Mississippi plantations to Chicago, where his take on electric blues helped shake rock 'n' roll. Django Prods, plans to have the film finished in early 2016.

SHARON JONES: Barbara Kopple's film on the Dap-Kings leader/soul singer "Miss Sharon Jones!" was a smash hit at Toronto and is looking for distribution with Submarine handling sales.

YO-YO MA: HBO has the TV rights and the Orchard all other worldwide rights to Oscar-winner Morgan Neville's "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble." A spring theatrical release is in the works ahead of its TV airing.

MAVIS STAPLES: HBO has U.S. TV rights to Jessica Edwards' "Mavis!," which played a dozen festivals this year. …

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