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.
This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.