Sam Fisher, Dennis Leupen, and Luke Garner were out of work because of the pandemic, so they had plenty of time on their hands. They decided to travel from LA to Montana via train. Freight train. Illegal, dangerous, difficult. But also, something so many young people have fantasized about. They’re photographers, filmmakers, and writers, so they knew they’d document the trip.
They ended up producing a beautiful Super-8 film called No Signal, above.
Next time you see an endless line of train cars trundling off over a mound of foothills in the distance, just try not to imagine yourself sitting in an open box car, mountains sliding by, no real idea of destination other than “not here.”
Photos courtesy Dennis Leupen