Festival Express

Free admission!

On BAMPFA’s outdoor screen on Addison Street. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair!

  • Introduction

    Nicholas Meriwether has served as oral historian at the University of South Carolina and Grateful Dead archivist at UC Santa Cruz, and now is director of archives for the Center for Counterculture Studies.

Festival Express tells the story of the 1970 cross-Canada train tour of some of the most popular musicians of the day. Unlike in standard music festivals where performers came together for a couple of hours or days, the participants in this tour all traveled together on the same train, partying and jamming along the way between concert venues in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary. With footage from on and off the train—featuring performances by Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Ian and Sylvia, Buddy Guy, the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band, and others—along with contemporary interviews with surviving participants, Festival Express is a toe-tapping good time.

  • Peter Biziou
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 90 mins
  • Apollo Media Ltd.
Preceded By

God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance
(God respects us when we work, but he loves us when we dance)

Les Blank, Skip Gerson, United States, 1968

A document of the historic Los Angeles Love-In on Easter Sunday 1967.

  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 20 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection