Master filmmaker Albert Maysles and his collaborators capture the hearts and minds of the passengers on the Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance railway route in America. On board are pensive fugitives and avid adventurers, reunited families and solo travelers. In the background, the landscape changes from urban centers to oil fields to the many never-ending deserts of the country. In his final work, Maysles spins a web of vignettes while he reveals a new side of the American people. Special Jury Mention for best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015.
Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu
Albert Maysles, born in Boston in 1926, was a pioneer of Direct Cinema. He directed films such as Salesman (1968), Grey Gardens (1975) and Iris (2014), Also showing at this Festival. He died this year in New York, at the age of 88. Lynn True and Nelson Walker worked together on Summer Pasture (2010). David Ursui worked for NBC, MTV, The New York Times and for Vice magazine. Ben Wu won the student Oscar twice.