Big Easy Express

Director Emmett Malloy
United States / 67 min. / 2012 / English


Just like that Festival Express of 1970, but with Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. One train, three bands and miles of mandolin and violin, in a whirlwind of jams, concerts, old music and brotherhood. 

 

First up, comes the déjà vu. We can't help but think of Festival Express from 1970, which transported Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and The Band across Canada (and whose namesake documentary may ring a bell from Beefeater In-Edit 2010). Big Easy Express is its primogenitor: it shares the same genetic code – one train, three groups and many miles of mandolin and violin in a whirlwind of jams, concerts, vintage music and brotherhood –, but the artists change. In this case, they are Mumford & Sons (English, but taking the entire world by storm), Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, all champions of the old school sound that young folks love today. Without costumes: "We've left it all at home, and we've just brought our instruments", one musician tells us. There's lots of train, loads of nature and sunsets and sunrises, packed concerts, including a Marching Band that joins mid-journey. All the groups are mutual fans. This is a road (train) movie about good karma, with a certain air of 1920s pioneers and Manifest Destiny, full of saloon melodies for the delectation of the digital generation. Hop aboard! 

Details
Subtitles
VOSE


Showing format

Premios
Grammy Award 2013, Headliner Award (SXSW)

Participation
in festivals
SXSW, IDFA, Hot Docs

Leadings
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons

Editor(s)
Matt Murphy

Camera
Giles Dunning

Producer
Tim Lynch, Bryan Ling, Mike Luba

Film company
S2BN Entertainment

Film distributor
S2BN Entertainment

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