Riding the Rails


1h 12m 1997

Brief Synopsis

An account of the lives of teenage freight-train riders which offers a perspective on the presumed romanticism of the road and cautionary legacy of the Great Depression. From "middle class gentility to scrabble-ass poor," the undiscriminating Great Depression forced 4,000,000 Americans away from the

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
ARTISTIC

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m

Synopsis

An account of the lives of teenage freight-train riders which offers a perspective on the presumed romanticism of the road and cautionary legacy of the Great Depression. From "middle class gentility to scrabble-ass poor," the undiscriminating Great Depression forced 4,000,000 Americans away from their homes and onto the tracks in search of food and lodging. Of this number, a disturbing 250,000 of the transients were children. "Riding the Rails" recounts the experiences and painful recollections of these now-elderly survivors of the rail.

Crew

Elaine Abelson

Consultant

John E. Allen

Archival Footage

Kathleen Beall

Photography

Tal Ben-david

Assistant Editor

C R Boland

Other

Charley Bull

Other

Joseph Caldwell

Consultant

Michael Cassity

Consultant

Rene Champion

Other

Shebana Coelho

Assistant Editor

Lizabeth Cohen

Consultant

Robert Coles

Consultant

Elizabeth Cotten

Music

Inc Cultural Communications

Other

Peggy Dehart

Other

Glen Elder

Consultant

John Fawcett

Other

Chris Flanagan

Researcher

Chris Flanagan

Assistant Camera Operator

Linda Gordon

Consultant

Inc Grinberg Film Libraries

Archival Footage

Woody Guthrie

Music

Samuel Henriques

Other

Samuel Henriques

Cinematographer

Inc Hot Shots/cool Cuts

Archival Footage

Hans Houshower

Consultant

James Johnston

Photography

Nancy Kennedy

Editor

Rena Kosersky

Music Supervisor

Katharina Kruse-ramey

Assistant Editor

Po Kutchins

Assistant Editor

Clarence Lee

Other

Lexy Lovell

Screenplay

Lexy Lovell

Producer

Dale Maharidge

Consultant

Sheila Maniar

Research Assistant

Gary Marcus

Consultant

Brownie Mcghee

Music

Jim Meigel

On-Line Editor

Matt Mindlin

Cinematographer

Matt Mindlin

Other

Thomas Minehan

Photography

Jim Mitchell

Other

Curtis Morrisette

Photography

Katy Mostoller

Research Assistant

David Nasaw

Consultant

James H Nau

Sound Editor

David Novack

Rerecording

Arvel Pearson

Other

Neil Riha

Sound

Jimmie Rodgers

Music

Benjamin Rosen-koncious

Assistant Editor

James San Jule

Other

Roger Schulte

Associate Editor

Robert Seidman

Creative Consultant

Howard Sharp

Editor

Jay Sherman-godfrey

Music

Jay Sherman-godfrey

Original Music

Ahmad Shirazi

Sound Editor

Barbara Clark Smith

Consultant

Bob Symmonds

Other

Studs Terkel

Consultant

Sonny Terry

Music

Driss Tijani

Researcher

Michael Uys

Producer

Michael Uys

Screenplay

Doc Watson

Music

Jimmy Weinstein

Music

John Werner

Sound Editor

Howard Zinn

Consultant

Michael Zuckerman

Consultant

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
ARTISTIC

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell won the 1997 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary award from the Directors Guild of America.

Winner of the 1997 award for Best Documentary from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Limited Release in United States September 12, 1997

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States Fall September 5, 1997

Released in United States January 1997

Released in United States March 1997

Released in United States November 1997

Recipient of the documentary jury award at the 1997 San Jose Film Festival.

Shown at Cinequest 1997: The San Jose Film Festival January 30 - February 5, 1997.

Shown at Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, IN November 5-9, 1997.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 6-19, 1997.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 16-26, 1997.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.

"Iron Memories: Riding the Rails" is a companion book to the film, featuring letters sent to the filmmakers by numerous Depression Era freight-train riders.

Broadcast in USA over PBS on "American Experience" series April 13, 1998.

Released in United States 1997 (Recipient of the documentary jury award at the 1997 San Jose Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Cinequest 1997: The San Jose Film Festival January 30 - February 5, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.)

Released in United States Fall September 5, 1997

Limited Release in United States September 12, 1997 (Cinema Village; New York City)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, IN November 5-9, 1997.)

The film was shot in 25 of the United States.

Released in United States January 1997 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 16-26, 1997.)

Released in United States March 1997 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 6-19, 1997.)