Trains Catching Out: A Film About Trainhopping and Living Free

Trains - Catching Out: A Film About Trainhopping
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Microcinema
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 08/20/2003
"...[An] exhilarating documentary....An absorbing, picturesque group portrait..."

Product Description:

"Catching Out," or freight train hopping, is generally regarded as a practice of depression-era hobos. This affectionate documentary by Sarah George, a rail-rider herself, examines the lives of four young modern-day train hoppers and their reasons for partaking in this distinctly American way of travelling. Switch and Baby Girl met at a soup kitchen in California and rode the rails together for several months before becoming parents. The daughter of a hippie ship captain who died when she was a year old, Jessica dropped out of the University of California to ride the rails with her boyfriend. Her periodic train travels fuel her writing, some of which has been published. Environmental activist Lee lives in a forest hut, publishes a hobo-themed zine and rides over 10,000 miles a year on hopped trains. George shot CATCHING OUT over a period of five years, allowing her to capture a series of dramatic events in the lives of her subjects, all of whom see the trains as a symbol of freedom from the constrictions of society. Though often technically crude, CATCHING OUT sheds affectionate and often amusing light on a subculture with which most viewers are likely to have little familiarity.

Description by Microcinema:

"...exhilarating..." -Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An intriguing story that will leave one thinking about it
and even debating it for some time after the final credits."
- Phil Hall, Film Threat
Catching Out features several contemporary hobos who
dissent against mainstream American consumer culture
by traveling for free on freight trains. The film features a
seasoned Eco-activist named Lee, a young nomad named
Jessica, and a tramp couple known as Switch and Baby
Girl, as they navigate between the constraints of society
and the freedom of the road.

Plot Keywords:

Documentary | Railroads | Railway Travel | Road Trips | Theatrical Release | Train Adventures | Trains

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  • UPC: 880198078490
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