Two Trains Runnin' at the Kay Meek Centre - Dec. 5, 2016

Two Trains Runnin' at the Kay Meek Centre - Dec. 5, 2016

Monday December 5, 2016 7:30pm 
Kay Meek Centre 
1700 Mathers Avenue,  West Vancouver, B.C.
Tickets: $10
 
 
Just confirmed: The screening will be preceded by a live performance by the blues duo The Jook Joint Jokers! 
 

In the summer of 1964, the murder of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner transfixed the US. But alongside these historic events, another story was taking place. Two different groups, comprised of record collectors, college students and musicians set out for Mississippi, determined to track down a pair of legendary bluesmen - Son House and Skip James. DOXA Motion Pictures series and the Kay Meek Centre are very pleased to present Sam Pollard's film Two Trains Runnin'.  

Two Trains Runnin’ follows a remarkable series of coincidences, serendipity and, for lack of a better word, destiny. Both Son House and Skip James had recorded the bulk of their music some thirty years earlier and then, for all intents and purposes, vanished. One of the men describes the beginning of the expedition to find Son House as “Three Jews in a VW Bug with New York plates,” pointing their car south. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, musician John Fahey led another expedition to find Skip James. Unbeknownst to each other, both groups ended up discovering the object of their respective searches on exactly the same day -- June 21, 1964.

Director Sam Pollard masterfully combines archival footage, animated sequences and contemporary performances from some of the most exciting blues performers including Valerie June, Chris Thomas King, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, North Mississippi Allstars, and Buddy Guy. But it is the final stunning performance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival that is truly the stuff of legend.

"Pollard's film is an excellent intermingling of two completely unrelated non-fiction threads which converge in the state of Mississippi on June 21, 1964, the day Freedom Riders Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were murdered by the KKK. That trio's quest for justice is juxtaposed with a set of music fans' journey to find the old Delta bluesmen whose records they adored. When the storylines converge, Two Trains Runnin' becomes a powerful meditation on the musical origins of an African-American musical genre and the painful reasons for its existence."  -- Roger Ebert.com

This remarkable film captures the way in which music holds and carries the truths we are not yet ready to recognize in full, and the confluence of forces that came together at that time in our history through the voices of black Americans and birthed social action that we still desperately need today.” -- The Portland Observer

“Two Trains Runnin’ documents these two social milestones – the Civil Rights movement and the resurrection of the overlooked bluesmen – and the uncanny way in which both trains aligned on June 21, 1964…Pollard, a longtime editor and producer of such films as 4 Little Girls and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, is at the top of his field when it comes to the visual presentation of historical matter. Animated sequences fill in some of the blanks where no footage exists. Two Trains Runnin’ also intersects nicely with the current examination of race relations in America with a coda that reminds us that the struggle never ends.” – The Austin Chronicle

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