In Transit


Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8:15pm
Webster U./Moore

The final film of documentary legend Albert Maysles -- a former SLIFF Lifetime Achievement honoree -- "In Transit" journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. 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, a fleeting community forms, one that transcends normal barriers and that conjures a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation. 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. The film’s directorial team includes SLIFF alums Lynn True and Nelson Walker (“Summer Pasture”). Describing “In Transit” as “a lovely last film,” Variety writes: “Sampling snippets and snatches of lives and conversations, Maysles and his fellow filmmakers undertake a folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer.”

U.S., 2015, 76 min.

Directed by

Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker & Ben Wu

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

With co-director Walker.

$15 for double bill with “How to Smell a Rose"

Film Website

Official Website