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STATION TO STATION

Director: DOUG AITKEN

71 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 26th June 2015 and is no longer screening. 

★★★★ Time Out

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Presented as 61 one-minute short films, artist-director Doug Aitken’s Station to Station provides a bracing account of his own project of the same name, a 4000-mile journey across America on a custom-designed vintage train, decked out with kinetic lights built to respond to sound and motion. Transporting a vast number of artists, musicians, designers and photographers, the train stopped only to stage a series of ten ‘happenings’, events distinguished by exhilarating performances from Cold Cave, Patti Smith, Beck, Dan Deacon, Suicide, Cat Power and many others.

While some of the short films focus on these multi-media shows, other, more reflective sections consider the journey itself with thoughtful contributions from Stephen Shore, William Eggleston and music critic for The New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones. This makes for an altogether different kind of road movie, a unique cinematic experience that makes striking use of the spectacular and ever-changing surroundings rolling by. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

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