Accidental Courtesy

African American musician Daryl Davis has a peculiar, controversial passion: meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 13, 2017
90 minutes
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    2016 Napa Valley Film Festival-Special Jury Award – For Compelling, Provocative & Timely Content in a Documentary Feature
  • Director

    Matt Ornstein

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


    Noah Ornstein

    Noah Ornstein joined Sound & Vision Productions in 2008, serving in a variety of roles but primarily in the company’s feature film division and as Sound & Vision’s General Counsel. Noah received his JD and MBA from UCLA, and majored in Political Science and History at Tufts.

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    The Film

    Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who has played all over the world with legends like Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. He also has an unusual and controversial hobby: Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. When some of these same people decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods — building his collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person. But when he meets Black Lives Matter activists he finds not everyone approves of his methods of racial reconciliation. Accidental Courtesy captures Daryl as he attempts to answer his lifelong pursuit of the question, "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?"