IN Transit

IN TRANSIT is an observational film documenting life on Amtrak's Empire Builder line as it passes through the wintry corridor between Chicago and Seattle/Portland.  

It unfolds as a portrait of America told through the personal stories of riders aboard the train.  As the Empire Builder traverses the country, passing through major cities, suburbs, farmland, oil fields, mountains and forest, the diverse landscape serves as a complementary backdrop to the passengers' hopes, fears and dreams.

In today's fast-paced world, the train serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of human connection.  And at the same time, audiences are given pause to look inward and contemplate personal journeys.  To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation, to others it is reckoning and loss, but for all it is a place for reflection and finding common ground.  As the Empire Builder crisscrosses the country, a loving portrait of America emerges in its full human and natural beauty.

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Additional Credits

Albert Maysles
Lynn True
David Usui
Nelson Walker
Ben Wu

Produced by:
Al Jazeera America

Lynn True

Senior Producer:
Cynthia Kane

Supervising Producer:
Erika Dilday