No More Road Trips?
Castro TheatreSun, May 5, 2013 4:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:Live & Onstage
Running Time:76
dir:Rick Prelinger
source:Prelinger Archives
PO Box 590622
San Francisco, CA 94159
photo:Prelinger Archives
Megan Prelinger








Founder of one of the most respected motion picture archives in the world, the Prelinger Archives, Rick Prelinger brings us No More Road Trips?, a dream ride through 20th-century America made entirely from home movies that asks whether we’ve reached the end of the open road. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film is made fresh daily by audiences at each screening. Prelinger is a master at presenting participatory screenings, as evidenced by his raucously fun, sold-out adventures presented over the years at the Castro theatre. Patrons in attendance are more than merely encouraged to shout out and comment on the film as it passes by onscreen, making for an invigorating, fun and unique social experience. For this screening, Prelinger presents found home movie footage from a variety of sources that depict a road trip from New York to California, investigating the uniquely American penchant for movement and nomadism sometimes experienced as a fundamental entitlement: the right to freedom of motion. Historical trends contribute to that collective perception; a majority of Americans and their ancestors are immigrants. However, it is increasingly clear that this entitlement is rubbing up against inflexible limitations. As energy costs rise, fuel supplies are disrupted and economies gyrate, one might question whether the world is approaching peak travel.
-Sean Uyehara

This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.

Additional Information

Rick Prelinger

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and outsider librarian. In 1982, he founded Prelinger Archives, a collection of industrial, advertising, educational and amateur films the Library of Congress acquired in 2002. Prelinger has partnered with the Internet Archive (of which he is a board member) to make 2,100 films available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world. Prelinger has recently made several film programs that he categorizes as “historical interventions,” called Lost Landscapes of San Francisco (seven annual parts) and Lost Landscapes of Detroit (three annual parts). With Megan Prelinger, he is the co-founder of Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly private research library open to the public in downtown San Francisco. His archival work currently focuses on collecting, recontextualizing and exhibiting home movies and amateur films.