Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’

Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’

Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’ IN-PERSON: Director, Sam Pollard, Editor Dava Whisenant, and Writer/Producer Benjamin Hedin   “A Conversation With” Mr. Pollard, Ms. Whisenant, and Mr. Hedin after the screening, will be hosted by film critic at large, Lisa Kennedy. Director: Sam Pollard Country: USA Run Time: 85 mins When: Saturday May 14 at 7:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter DocuWest is also proud to present the Charles Schwartz Foundation, One Octave Higher Award for Best Musical documentary to the filmmakers. Purchase Tickets Now Synopsis: From the film’s official site: Two Trains Runnin’ is a feature-length documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. The film 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. 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 an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time. Finding them would not be easy. There were few clues to their whereabouts. It was not even known for certain if they were still alive. And Mississippi, that summer, was a tense and...