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New documentary follows Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe, and others on cross-country tour

By Jack Cunliffe; June 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM 

Before they officially broke up, director Emmett Malloy beautifully captured some of the last few concerts The White Stripes had with the documentary Under Great White Northern Lights. Now he is back and expanding his scope with a cross-country tour of three different bands, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Taking place on a single train across six different concerts, we’ve got the first trailer for Big Easy Express today and it looks to follow-up the excellent cinematography and intimate behind-the-scenes moments captured in Malloy’s last feature. Although I’m not a fanatic for any of these groups, this could certainly sway me. Check out the poster and trailer below via Apple.


3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track… the BIG EASY EXPRESS documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (OUT COLD; THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS) and starring some of the finest acts in music today, this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making. In April of 2011, indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons climbed aboard a beautiful antique train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams.” The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical. Part road movie and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these incredible musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds from Oakland to New Orleans. So climb on board for a vibrant, raucous, railway adventure. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music… and a train that was bound for glory.

Big Easy Express will play at the Los Angeles Film Festival and arrive on VOD on June 26th.

Editor’s Note: Originally posted on our sister-site The Film Stage.

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