Southern Circuit Tour: Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

February 23, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Produced by: South Arts
Event Category: Southern Circuit Tour of Filmmakers 2019-20
Admission: $15 // Members $10

The Southern Circuit Tour of Filmmakers, presented by South Arts, brings new films from independent filmmakers to cinemas throughout the South — and welcomes directors and producers to Q&A sessions and discussions in conjunction with each screening.

Artist Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, and remained a farmer after the Civil War until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs; a decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture.

Traylor devised his own visual language to record the stories of his life, translating an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942, documenting decades of profound social change and nursing a remarkable creative gift while leading an outwardly unassuming life. “Robert Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” illustrates the artist’s life using not only archival photos and interviews but tap dance, evocative period music, spoken word and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings.

Scheduled for Q&A/post-film discussion: Director Jeffrey Wolf
Q&A guests subject to change. Watch this site for updates.

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