Submarine Deluxe announced the acquisition of U.S. theatrical distribution rights to Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station.”
The filmmakers traveled 4,000 miles by train from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, filming various groups of musicians, artists and performers.
The synopsis reads: “Sending a burning arrow into the stunting effects that the compartmentalization of culture has on how creativity manifests, visual artist Doug Aitken embarked on an experiment exploring a less materialistic and more nomadic direction of art creation, exhibition, and participation. ‘Station to Station’ involved a train that crossed North America housing a constantly changing creative community including artists, musicians, and writers, who collaborated in the creation of recordings, artworks and 10 unique happenings, across the country.”
The result is a film composed of 61 individual, one-minute films that feature conversations, intimate moments on the train, performances and indelible moments of the journey such as Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert, Ed Ruscha talking about exploring the great American landscape, and a marching band performing Sun Ra’s “Space is the Place” in Chicago’s Union Station.
The film recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Submarine plans a summer 2015 release.