The Strand is kicking off a new series of music documentary films with Big Easy Express, featuring the music of Mumford & Sons, Saturday, December 29 at 8pm.
Inspired by the popularity of a recent screening of “Searching for Sugar Man,” documenting the music of Mexican-American singer/songwriter Rodriguez, the Strand’s new film series will draw from a range of music genres.
Big Easy Express takes us cross-country with indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons: “3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…” Renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights) documents their cinematic musical journey as they board a vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”.
Part road movie and part concert film, Big Easy Express bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these incredible musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to New Orleans. So climb on board for a vibrant, raucous railway adventure. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.
The Strand’s music doc series continues January 18 with a screening of The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling, Ireland 1965, with more films to be slated for Feb and March.