Two Trains Runnin’
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With Sam Pollard in person
Dir. Sam Pollard. 2016. 80 mins. Narrated by Common. In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find the blues singers Son House and Skip Jame and coax them out of retirement. Finally, on June 21, 1964, these distinct activist and musicology campaigns collided in memorable and tragic fashion. Narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr., acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’ revisits a moment when America’s cultural and political institutions were dramatically transformed, pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians, and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Sam Pollard, moderated by Warrington Hudlin.
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