WSIU, Carbondale Library to Kick Off New Film Series Sunday, October 22

Oct 13, 2017

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 13, 2017

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,; Donna Hardwick, Independent Television Service (ITVS), (415) 356-8383;

WSIU, Carbondale Library Announce New Season of Local Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Screenings

Film Series Moves to Sundays, Begins October 22 with John Coltrane Documentary

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU Public Broadcasting, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the Carbondale Public Library, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the PBS series Independent Lens announce the launch of a new season of local Indie Lens Pop-Up film screenings and discussions beginning later this month.

The film series will premiere on Sunday, October 22 at 2:30pm with Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, a film by John Scheinfeld, and will be held at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. Note that all film events this season will be held at the library on select Sundays at 2:30pm.

Special guest for the premiere screening on October 22 is Dr. Richard Kelley, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at the SIU School of Music.

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. The film features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio, and interviews with musicians who worked with him through the years, along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. The program will air in its entirety on WSIU Public Television on Monday, November 6 at 9pm.

Three additional Indie Lens Pop-Up film screenings will be held at Carbondale Public Library this fall and next spring, including I Am Not Your Negro on Sunday, November 19; Tell Them We Are Rising on Sunday, February 11; and Dolores on Sunday, March 25.

Watch for updates from WSIU on the air, online, and in WSIU’s monthly program guide, Previews, or contact WSIU Outreach Coordinator, Beth Spezia, at (618) 453-5595,

Questions about Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings at the Carbondale Public Library should be directed to (618) 457-0345. Learn more about the community engagement series on WSIU’s local Indie Lens Pop-Up webpage at                                                                   

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About the Carbondale Public Library

The Carbondale Public Library provides resources and services to support the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the Carbondale community. The library provides free services to all residents living within the city boundaries and is part of the Shawnee Library System.

About the Filmmaker

John Scheinfeld (Writer/Director) is an Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and writer/director/producer of documentaries for theatrical and television distribution. His films have premiered at Telluride, Toronto, Venice and IDFA and include The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him), We Believe, and Dick Cavett's Watergate. In addition, Scheinfeld has written pilot scripts for drama series for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his MFA from Northwestern University.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS on select Monday nights at 9pm CST. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit Join the conversation at and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

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