Local Motives is the definitive documentary to date about the politics and business of passenger rail expansion in the United States. Set it in the state of Minnesota, it eschews value judgments about whether high-speed rail and light rail transit are boondoggles or in the public interest. It rejects a partisan framework that pits Democrats against Republicans. Instead, it evokes the spirit of Edward R. Murrow in its cool, disinterested, but formally and substantially compelling narrative about one of the major public policy issues of our time.

Written, Directed, Photographed, and Edited by James Christenson

Produced by James Christenson and Clay Steinman

Production by Vista Pop

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