2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Monday, March 14
9:45PM - 11:20PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #AccidentalCourtesy

Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who has played all over the world with various legends. He also has an unusual hobby. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. When some of these people decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods building his collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person. Follow us on a trip across the landscape of contemporary America as we sit in on interviews between Daryl and KKK and neo-Nazi leaders, academics, and civil rights activists. Watch as he attempts to answer his lifelong question "how can you hate me when you don't even know me?"

Section: Documentary Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 95min

Director: Matt Ornstein

Executive Producer: Laurie Harris, Roberto Alcantara

Producer: Noah Ornstein, Matt Ornstein

Cinematographer: Sam Gezari, Pete Castagnetti

Editor: Jason Jones, Ben Barnes

Production Designer: Morgan Gillio

Additional Credits: Production Assistant: Michael Shield

Principal Cast: Daryl Davis, Frank Ancona, Jeff Schoep, Kwame Rose, JC Faulk, Mark Potok


Matt Ornstein directed Atlantis in 2012 staring Jason Ritter and the space shuttle Atlantis. It appeared in over 20 film festivals around the world. Matt has directed music videos for artists including Radiohead, Daft Punk, Penguin Prison, Ashtar Command, and Har Mar Superstar. He attended Bard College where he was recipient of a student Emmy.

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Noah Ornstein
Sound & Vision

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Sylvia Desrochers



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