In Transit

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In Transit

Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu
USA, 2015
Documentaries, 76min, OF

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In Transit

Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu
USA, 2015
Documentaries, 76min, OF

Camera: 
Albert Maysles
David Usui
Nelson Walker
Ben Wu
Editor: 
Lynn True
Production: 
Maysles Documentary Center
True Walker Productions
World Sales: 
Maysles Documentary Center
Format: 
DCP
Color

IN TRANSIT journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Captured in the tradition of Direct Cinema, the film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes and dreams. In the space between stations, where ‘real life’ is suspended, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers, and where a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation and community develops. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation, to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all of them, it is a place for  personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know.