In the summer of 1964, as hundreds of college students flooded into Mississippi to join the fight for civil rights (as seen in Freedom Summer, MFF2014), there were two groups of musicians and record collectors who also made their way to the South. They sought to discover the whereabouts of blues musicians Son House and Skip James and convince them to come out of retirement. Executive produced by Common and aided by strong performances of classic blues standards by contemporary musicians such as Gary Clark Jr. and Lucinda Williams, Two Trains Runnin’ tracks the convergence of our political and cultural institutions during one fateful summer that changed the course of both music and American history.
Cast Gary Clark Jr., David Dennis, Buddy Guy, Valerie June, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Moses, Curtis Muhammad, Chris Thomas King, Lucinda Williams, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Executive Producer Common, Derek Dudley
Producer Benjamin Hedin
Screenwriter Benjamin Hedin
Cinematographer Natalie Kingston
Editor Dava Whisenant