For more than thirty years, I have had the good fortune to work on films about the blues and films about the civil rights movement. Two Trains Runnin’ is the first time I was given the task of combining both. This film is about the journey of a group of white youth who searched to find the origins of American culture at a time of violence when America was struggling to come to grips with its racial divide. But we are also telling a parallel story of another group of white youth who had, on the surface, a different mission. The journey of both groups was really a journey to understand who we are as Americans, what brought us together, and what still divides us.