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      Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

      Released Apr 16, 2021 1 hr. 15 min. Documentary TRAILER for Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts: Trailer 1 List
      100% 11 Reviews Tomatometer This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. 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. Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America's greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective. Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor's incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendants, and Traylor's striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America's most prominent artists to a wide audience. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 18 Buy Now

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      Michael Rechtshaffen Los Angeles Times If every picture tells a story, the body of work displayed in the hauntingly intriguing documentary "Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts" speaks volumes on the life and times of the artist in question. Apr 17, 2021 Full Review Nick Allen RogerEbert.com Chasing Ghosts has a great idea in showcasing as much of Traylor's work as possible, and next to the creations of other Black artists, but its talking head presentation is fairly didactic. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 16, 2021 Full Review John DeFore Hollywood Reporter A surprising and worthwhile take on an enigmatic artist. Apr 16, 2021 Full Review Pat Padua Spectrum Culture A terrific introduction to a remarkable artist and a thought-provoking look at race in the art world. Rated: 79/100 Apr 28, 2021 Full Review Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue The well-researched film is uneven in its approach, but makes a persuasive case for Traylor's talent and the value of his artistic legacy. Apr 21, 2021 Full Review Louis Proyect Counterpunch.org A film that is part of Black America's cultural renaissance that goes hand in hand with the Black Lives Matter revolution against white supremacy. Apr 17, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. 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. Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America's greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective. Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor's incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendants, and Traylor's striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America's most prominent artists to a wide audience.
      Director
      Jeffrey Wolf
      Executive Producer
      Samuel D. Pollard
      Screenwriter
      Fred Barron
      Distributor
      Kino Lorber
      Production Co
      Breakaway Films NY
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 16, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 22, 2021
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR
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