Legendary documentary filmmaker and New York staple Albert Maysles pioneered feature documentary filmmaking and Direct Cinema, his work revealing a patient intimacy and unassuming quest for understanding. This technique is never more apparent than with In Transit, Maysles’ final project before his passing. He and his collaborators capture a journey through the hearts and minds of passengers aboard The Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route.Aboard the train, we meet pensive runaways and eager adventurers, reunited family members, and perpetual loners, as the landscape shifts from urban centers to oil fields to seemingly infinite plains. Seamlessly interweaving overheard conversations, new friendships, and touching moments, this doc becomes more than a web of intimate vignettes as it uncovers a new side of the American people. Connecting a myriad of travelers in a transitory state, In Transit breathes new life into the cross-country commute and asks us to contemplate the unknowns that lie at our final destination.—Genna Terranova
CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Albert Maysles, Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, and Ben Wu
Albert Maysles was a pioneer of Direct Cinema whose credits included Salesman and Grey Gardens.Nelson Walker and Lynn True have worked together on iThemba (Hope) and Summer Pasture. David Usui has worked for NBC, MTV, The New York Times, and VICE. Ben Wu is a two-time Student Academy Award® winner.
Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu