Dear Brian Paul,
I picked up a copy of your film while in New Orleans a few weeks ago and just got around to watching it last night. It’s on my bucket list to hop a freight train for a day and see where I end up. I worked this miserable office job where a train that would pass and I would fantasize about where it might take me, away from the confines of my desk and email. I know it’s a dangerous proposition (actually catching the train and getting caught by the yard bosses) and maybe that is part of the appeal, but really its about the endless travel possibilities. I know that I’m not cut out for the lifestyle that you portray in the film, so I’ll settle for a day trip somewhere.
I was expecting/hoping that Cure for the Crash was more of a documentary rather than the “found footage” format you chose. Your talks with the real transient population were what held my interest throughout the film and I wish that had been the overall focus. I understand that the characters you developed were to build a linear story around their daily challenges, but it felt somewhat forced to me. As for learning how to catch a freight train, I’ll have to figure that out myself I guess. Overall though, I’m glad I watched Cure for the Crash.
If your out for the adventure… there are no wrong trains out there to board. I always suggest an Amtrak car, the others can harm you. I will never hop a train again.
Thanks for thinking of me and taking the time to write. Safe travels.