The railroad industry in America has played an immense role in the development and progression of our modern society. Besides its most obvious role as a life line for supplies and sustenance to newly burgeoning towns and industry, it helped spawn an incredible subculture of people, the hobos and tramps of America. These hobos used the trains during the great depression in order to seek work, and a whole society of people grew around the railroads.Agency Films has long been associated with the railways and has produced multiple short films and television programming around the subject of train hopping and have made it their mission to preserve the history of the American train tramp. We have generated national interest due to our increasingly popular television shows, You Tube broadcasts, and the yearly Asheville Rejects Film Festival.
Agency Films is due to kicked off the European leg of their Hobo Film Festival September 2009 and will embark on an international tour in betahaus berlin on november the 11th. They have brought together dozens of filmmakers who produce films around train hopping and hobo culture and are gathering even more submissions to create the ultimate visual dichotomy of this colorful and truly important facet of American history.
The tour starts in Berlin and has over 16 stops along the route, including Prauge, Budapest, Vienna, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona, Paris, London, Bristol, Dublin, Brussel, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.
Films featured in the festival:
*HOBO- john t davis (The feature film of the event: run time 90min.)
http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article.aspx?art_id=22ROAD TO COLOSSUS- erik burkeRIDING THE RAILS- michael uys and lexy lovell
TRUE HIGHWAYS- daniel cieplinskiTHE GREAT AMERICAN HOBO- bobb hopkins
WHO IS BOZO TEXINO- bill danielSLACK ACTION- shana lawtonTRAIN RIDES- melinda friesSPRUCE PINE TO BOSTIC- agency films
FRUITLOOP AND ARWEIGIAN RICK- jeffery shroyer
MILWAUKEE TO PORTAGE- stacy barton
CP RAIL KANADA- raphael lyonCATCHING OUT- sara georgeCOMING HOME- tyler mohlerCOMPASS IN THE BLOOD- national hobo association
LISTERINE ON SUNDAYS- brian paul higgins
So please drop by betahaus. We will start screening at 8 pm on wednesday the 11th of november.
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See you there!