Transcript for Filmmaker Sam Pollard Discusses His New Documentary
Robin Roberts recently sat down with a critically acclaimed director and producer Sam Pollard. His remarkable new documentary called "Two trains running" tells the story of two groups of young blues fans that set out to find their musical heroes and it's a lot more than that. Take a look. It's like a bigfoot hunting. There was so little information for them to go on. It doesn't matter if you're looking for blues artists or if you are trying to register voters, you are an outside agitator. We had no plan B. We had no backup. We were going against such odds. Now you can give a proper welcome for Mr. Sam Pollard. Yes, I have been looking forward. I told you one of my associates sent me a clip of this and watched the whole thing and it is so moving, I learned so much. What drew you to this story. It was a young gentleman named Ben hadine who 3 1/2 years ago said he wanted to do a story that talked about this search for son house and skip James and freedom summer, the young white college students who helped register African-Americans. It is so artistic. Why did you decide to do it in that manner. One of the first things we did was thought about how will we visualize the story of the search for the munitions, now, normally we would do recreations and find actors, and go down to Mississippi and shoot stuff like but they have seen a documentary called "Searching for sugarmann." Let's use man nation to visualize it and the other thing we thought about, I said to Ben and dava, listen, this is not -- we shouldn't just be historical doc but musical too and get contemporary musicians. You had some live musicians. What is it about music that's so doggone universal. The blues speaks to, you know, who we are, speaks to your personal emotions, speaks to the struggles you have, the loves you have and touches everybody. What is it about in that resonates with what's going on today? Well, you know, I was saying to some people saw the film a few weeks ago this is so relevant in present now and America has a tendency to repeat itself -- Good and bad. As we see what's going on historically today it says what happened back in '64 with Chaney and those young primadonna went down it's not like the past, it's present and resonates. When I was watching, it, Sam, even though I was getting a history lesson I was saying this is so relatable to what we're dealing with today. You are a very busy man. You have a few more in the works. Yeah, next year there will be a documentary I'm doing about race in America called "The talk" that premieres on pbs in February. And the year after that I'm finishing up a documentary about the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. Ooh. Ah. Yeah. You're not going to slow down any time soon. Try not to. We don't want you to. Sam Pollard, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much. Thank you, robin "Two trains
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