On the road

14th September 2016

Today the great archivist and social historian Rick Prelinger has released on Vimeo (and I’ve embedded below) his 2013 feature-length film No More Road Trips? under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike license. This means that we can watch for free and share this astonishing collection of home movies about travel in 20th-century America. But we can also remix, transform and build upon the film as long as we provide appropriate credit, that this is done for non-commercial purposes and that the results are shared under the same license.

Here’s Rick’s description:

A journey from the Atlantic Coast to California made from a collection of 9,000 home movies, No More Road Trips? reveals hidden histories embedded in the landscape and seeks to blend the pleasures of travel with premonitions of its end. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film will be made fresh daily by the audience, who will be encouraged to recall our shared past and predict the future. This is a silent movie meant to be shown to audiences that ask questions, make comments, disagree with one another, and generally act like vocal sports spectators or the rowdies in the pit in front of the Elizabethan stage.

And there’s more about the film and its making here.

No More Road Trips? A dream ride through 20th-century America made from home movies from Rick Prelinger on Vimeo.

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