September 2021 Monthly Movie: Bill Traylor – Chasing Ghosts

SCHEDULE CHANGE: **Original screening on August 9th moved to September 13th at 6 PM**

Our Monthly Movies continue on Monday September 13th with the film ‘Bill Traylor – Chasing Ghosts’.

Tickets are $15 and include refreshments. 1st screening: Doors open at 5:30 PM; film begins *promptly* at 6 PM.


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 insightful perspectives from Traylor family members and expert interviews. Traylor devised his own visual language to record the stories of his life, translating an oral culture into something unique, powerful, and culturally rooted. The film reflects a tumultuous time of a forgotten world and its marginalized people, still reverberating today. A new lynching memorial and Legacy Museum recently opened in Montgomery just blocks from where Bill Traylor used to sit and work. Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. The film is a compelling human narrative that gives voice to a man who endures a long life of extreme hardships during an era of legalized racial indignities, to become one of America’s most prominent artists, exhibited in museums and collections worldwide. —Jeany Nisenholz-Wolf (IMDB)

Directed by: Jeffrey Wolf
Length: 75 minutes

How to Attend:


Tickets are $15 and include popcorn & liquid refreshments. Use the ‘Buy Tickets’ button to purchase online. Cash or checks (made out to “Fairhope Film Festival” may be used in person during the event.


FIRST SCREENING: Doors open at 5:30 PM and the movie begins at 6 PM.


Ben Gall Theater in the Fairhope Film Festival Office, located on the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Summit Street, 122 Fairhope Avenue, Suite #1.

We look forward to seeing you!