TWO TRAINS RUNNIN'
1 X 82' HD
DIRECTED BY SAM POLLARD
AN AVALON FILMS PRODUCTION
Grammy® nominated film that pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage to view evolving dynamics of race in America.
In June 1964, hundreds of college students travelled to Mississippi, starting Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young musicians and students also travelled to Mississippi. Though neither group were aware of the other, both were on the same errand: to find two blues legends and coax them 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.
There were few clues to their whereabouts. It was not even known if they were still alive. Mississippi, that summer was a tense and violent place. The Ku Klux Klan and police force vowed that Freedom Summer would not succeed. It was easy to mistake the young men looking for Son House and Skip James as activists, as the groups collided in memorable yet tragic fashion.