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King Britt to Speak at Screening of 'Two Trains Runnin'' at Concordia College's Sluberski Film Series Friday, March 16 PDF Print Email


By Travis Basso, Reference Librarian & Archivist, Concordia College New York

Mar. 7, 2018:  Concordia College New York is excited to announce that King Britt will be the guest speaker when the college’s Sluberski Film Series screens Two Trains Runnin’ on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. 

Native Philadelphian King Britt has dodged labels in building his creative career. A composer, producer, DJ, and performer, he has also curated musical and cultural collaborations at prestigious venues including MoMA and ICA and has received honors including the Pew Fellowship. His live performances incorporate sonic tech and use of improvisation and original instrumentation that evolve with subsequent performances.  

In the documentary film Two Trains Runnin’, animation and live performance blend with interviews and archival footage. The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians as it speaks to our present moment and the evolving dynamics of race in America. The film is directed by Sam Pollard, one of the most respected names in documentary cinema and the recipient of an Oscar nomination and multiple Emmy Awards. It is executive produced and narrated by Common, an Academy Award-winning actor, musician, writer, and philanthropist. 

The movie interweaves the stories of two unrelated categories of idealistic young white men from the North who travel to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 on two very different quests.

The first category comprises hundreds of college students eager to join the civil rights movement who traveled to Mississippi to teach in schools and register Black voters, starting what would become known as Freedom Summer.

That same month, two unrelated groups of another category, made up of musicians, college students, and record collectors, also traveled to Mississippi, each searching for an old blues singer.

Mississippi was a tense and violent place that summer. With hundreds on their way to teach in freedom schools and register voters, the Ku Klux Klan and police forces of many towns vowed that Freedom Summer would not succeed. Against this backdrop, the film follows the quests of the students seeking justice and the musicians searching for old blues singers, resulting in a coherent story with both tragic and gratifying consequences. 

Director Sam Pollard said, “This film is more than just another historical documentary. It brings to life the impact of the music and Freedom Summer on a present generation, who need to know why the summer of 1964 was so essential and prophetic at a time when the soul of America was being fought over in the belly of the beast, the South.”

King Britt

From a tender age, music was King Britt’s life. His father’s barbershop exposed him to funk and soul; his mother took him to concerts and brought him to visit her friend Sun Ra, Afrofuturism pioneer, who became one of Britt’s greatest musical influences.

For Britt, the difference between DJ and performer is crucial: his stage performances embrace the art of improvisation of his live original work, much like jazz. Notable performances include Fhloston Paradigm: Le Guess Who? (2017, Utrecht), National Sawdust (2017, Brooklyn), Envelop (2017, San Francisco) Sun Ra Tributes-A Beautiful Noise: Fringe Arts (Philadelphia, 2014), and Constellation (Chicago, 2014). He has curated collaborations at prestigious venues including the MoMA PS1 (2014, Queens), Fringe Arts (2015, Philadelphia), and ICA (2009, Philadelphia).

His current curatorial projects include the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018) and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (2018, Bentonville). He is a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship (2007) and residencies at the Village for Arts and Humanities (2014, Philadelphia), Worm (2015, Rotterdam), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018, Philadelphia).

In accordance with his non-linear journey, these honors have established King in the fields of education and community engagement. 

This event is free and open to all. Click here for more information and to register. 

Pictured here: King Britt.

Photo courtesy Concordia College New York

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