in transit

From its first moments, In Transit — the late documentarian Albert Maysles’s final film, completed with help from Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, David Usui, and Benjamin Wu and released after he died in March 2015 — is fixated on and shaped by lives in transition. Amtrak’s Empire Builder train regularly embarks on three-day jaunts between Chicago and points in the Pacific Northwest, and the film joins passengers on one of these journeys. While a bit of a ticking clock element is introduced with a young, pregnant passenger days away from her due date, no plot contrivances drive the narrative aside from the locomotive reaching its final destination.
(showing in theatres in June 2017)

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In Transit by Albert Maysles is screening at the Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Harlem) and Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Chinatown) through June 29.

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