Catching Out: A Film About Trainhopping and Living Free (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology  |   Release Date - Aug 20, 2003 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Many may believe that the hobo is a relic of a bygone era, a mere stereotype popularized by depression-era comedies, and it's this preconception director Sarah George aims to shatter with her documentary Catching Out. Its title derived from the slang term for hopping a ride on a train, the film chronicles the lives of hobos continuing to catch rides on trains all over the United States. George herself hops some trains, encountering such individuals as Jessica, an ever-transient young woman, and Lee, an environmentalist and avid camper.

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train-hopping, nonconformity, subculture, freedom, freight-train, self-awareness, social-outcast, unconventional, indifference, nomad, thrill-seeker, train [locomotive], consumerism, drifter