Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA – VIRGINIA PREMIERE

2016, U.S., 98 Minutes, Unrated, English
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8:30 PM

 

Special Guests: Daryl Davis and Director Matt Ornstein

Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. Though primarily known as an accomplished musician who has performed all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. Daryl has built his relationships person by person and his campaign has proved remarkably effective. Many members of the KKK he has connected with have been forced to reconsider their beliefs, with some even leaving the organization as a result.

Davis has collected hoods, robes and other artifacts from friends who have left the Klan, building a collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person in hopes of eventually opening a “Museum of the Klan.” ACCIDENTAL COURTESY is a rare and powerful portrait of a man who has truly embodied the idea that real and profound change happens best when it is one-on-one. It is a controversial concept that not that everyone agrees with, as we learn in person as the film travels the country canvassing different perspectives.

Director Matt Ornstein shows us all sides of the argument as he takes us on an intimate and inspiring journey into Davis’ life. He seeks out old friends he inspired to leave the Klan and those still active in the organization today, as well as academics, civil rights activists, and neo Nazis as he attempts to answer his lifelong question: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”

Daryl Davis, the subject of the documentary, and Director Matt Ornstein will be present for a Q&A session following the film.

 

DARYL DAVIS
Author / Lecturer / Documentary Subject, Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Daryl Davis is an author, actor, and accomplished musician who has performed all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan- something few black men can say. Daryl has built his relationships person by person and his campaign has proved remarkably effective. Many members of the KKK he has connected with have been forced to reconsider their beliefs, with some even leaving the organization as a result.

 

MATT ORNSTEIN
Director, Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Matt Ornstein founded Sound & Vision Productions in 2006. Since then, Sound and Vision has produced and developed music videos, commercials, and short and feature length films. Sound & Vision produced the Matt Ornstein directed Atlantis in 2012 staring Jason Ritter and the space shuttle Atlantis. It appeared in film festivals including Austin, Orlando, London, Cannes, Santa Barbara, Taiwan and 15 others. Matt is the Creative Director of Sound and Vision, and has directed music videos for artists including Radiohead, Daft Punk, Penguin Prison, Cobra Starship, Ashtar Command, and Harmar Superstar. He studied film at Bard College.

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