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Kickstarter Campaign for Bill Traylor film

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A Kickstarter campaign has been set up to support the making of a documentary film titled Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Traylor was born into slavery in Alabama and went on to become one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Support the project at http://kck.st/2BxEHOg

The documentary offers a unique perspective on a turbulent and often misunderstood century of Southern history, and on the experience of ordinary black people in extraordinary times; it also offers an inspiring lesson on the stubborn persistence of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of human creativity. 

Using animation, new interviews, archival photography, musical and dance performances, dramatic readings, and, most importantly, Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts is a 90-minute documentary designed to bring the spirit of his unforgettable work to life onscreen, and to introduce one of America’s most important and famous artists many have never heard of.

The film prominently features Traylor’s enigmatic drawings and paintings, whose genius resides in their ability to tell their own stories. They will be used them as Traylor drew them—as a way to conjure up the world that lived in his memory of a vanished rural past, and to respond to what he saw from the margins of an early 20th century Southern city.

For more about the film, click here