In Transit. 2015. USA. Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui. 76 min.
. 2015. USA. Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui. The Empire Builder is America’s most heavily traveled long-distance train route, running from Chicago to Portland and Seattle. In Transit, a long-held dream project of legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles—as now gracefully realized by a core team of filmmakers—is both a microcosmic portrait of Americans in transition and, for the viewer, an immersion in the “time-out from life” engendered by the three-day journey. As landscapes glide by, passengers speak of new beginnings, reunification with estranged families, making journeys for love, or taking time to reevaluate their lives—all, for the moment, traveling hopefully toward their destinations. 76 min.