An inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Wolf

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Fred Barron

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Russell G. Jones
Jason Samuels Smith ... Tap Dancer
Sharon Washington
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An inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, produced a body of extraordinary art. Born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, Traylor witnessed profound social and political change during his life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration. In his later years, Traylor poured out those memories from within, drawing and painting over 1,000 pieces of art from 1939-42. Using historic and cultural context, the film is designed to bring the spirit and mystery of Traylor's incomparable art to life. The transcendent surprise is while Traylor kept to himself leading an unassuming life, he was nurturing a remarkable creative gift that would not be expressed for decades. Tap dance, evocative period and original music, and dramatic readings are used in surprising ways in the film, balanced with ... Written by Jeany Nisenholz-Wolf

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Bill Traylor's Amazing Artwork on Display
18 April 2021 | by AdamgoestreichSee all my reviews

Tremendous. The amount of artwork shown is mind blowing and will leaving you speechless and an awe of one of the greatest self taught artists ever. The amazing life of Bill Traylor told with amazing detail and in parallel to life in the South during slavery and the struggles that followed after emancipation. A must watch.


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English

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16 April 2021 (USA) See more »

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Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,666, 18 April 2021

Gross USA:

$4,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,504
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Breakaway Films NY See more »
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Dolby SR

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