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Two Trains Runnin’

In June of 1964, hundreds of college students traveled to Mississippi to join the civil rights movement during Freedom Summer. That same summer, two groups of musicians and record collectors headed to Mississippi to find lost blues singers Son House and Skip James and coax them out of retirement. The groups were unaware of each other. And, finding the musicians was nearly impossible with the Ku Klux Klan roadblocks and church bombings. Luckily, they persevered.


TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ is an electrifying look at how a quest to rescue blues performers and preserve their music crashed head on with the violent race riots in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. The film revisits an important moment when America’s cultural and political institutions were dramatically transformed. And, it tells the remarkable story of how avid blues fans were able to save the music of their heroes.



79 min

Director: Sam Pollard

Writer: Benjamin Hedin

Producers: Benjamin Hedin , Dava Whisenant

Cast: Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Chris Thomas King

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