Captured 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, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers, and where a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation and community develops. 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.
Friday, December 4th-Sunday, December 6th we celebrate the life, birthday, and legacy of late, great documentarian and founder of the Maysles Documentary Center, Albert Maysles — November 26th, 1926 – March 5th, 2015 — with a sneak peek at his final masterwork, In Transit, as well as a look at some of the films and filmmakers under his influence.
Here’s a teaser for In Transit:
All proceeds from this festival will be donated back to the Maysles Documentary Center and additional films and programs are to be announced.
Photo credit: Albert Maysles, Lynn True and Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui, 2015, 76 min
Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Avenue, (at 127th and 128th streets), Harlem, New York, www.maysles.org,