Maysles Cinema Wednesdays at Nowadays Presents:
Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu, 2015, 76 min
The culmination of Maysles’ lifelong passion for capturing the stories of train passengers, and styled in the tradition of Direct Cinema, In Transit unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes.
Ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which travelers share their fears, hopes and dreams, In Transit takes place entirely aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder, the country’s busiest long-distance route. A journey into the hearts and minds of these everyday Americans, the directors explore the essence of what it is to be a citizen of America today.
In the space between stations, where 'real life' is suspended, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation, to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know.