Daily Stream: Sam Pollard on Two Trains Runnin'

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Jun 25, 2020

Animated scene from Sam Pollard's documentary Two Trains Runnin'

For today's #TBT stream, we have a conversation with Sam Pollard, the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominating filmmaker, about his critically acclaimed 2017 documentary Two Trains Runnin'. A fascinating look at political and cultural upheaval during the “Freedom Summer” of 1964, the film follows separate groups of young men—musicians, college students, and record collectors—who head south to coax long-retired bluesmen Son House and Skip James out of hiding. 

Pollard joined us in March of that year to present an early screening of the film. His discussion with Assistant Film/Video Curator Chris Stults touches on Pollard's process, the use of animation in documentary, the challenges of interviewing, and his own relationship with the blues.

Before you listen to the conversation, you can watch Two Trains Runnin' via Hulu, Amazon, or Vimeo.

"I've been doing this a long time and I still love documentary filmmaking. I love every step of the process, from the concept to the shooting to the editing, and I love this, too—having an audience see this film."

Two Train's Runnin' image courtesy of Abramorama

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