Film Screening: Two Trains Runnin'
The film Two Trains Runnin' (2016) will be screened for free at Park University on Monday, September 24th, 2018. This film screening is presented in partnership by the American Jazz Museum, Park University, National Archives of Kansas City, and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. Admission is free, but attendees are requested to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6214.
In June of 1964, hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi and started 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. Two Trains Runnin’ (2016) is a feature-length documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard, narrated by Common, 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. The documentary was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Music Film and it was named one of the “Best Music Docs of 2017” by Rolling Stone. For more information about the film, visit twotrainsrunnin.com/.