Of Rails & Sails: The Life and Times of Arthur Curtiss James
Directed by Joseph Daniel and Roger Vaughan
Nearly 80 years after his death, the tracks of Arthur Curtiss James’ railroad dynasty still carry passengers and freight across America. One of his storied yachts is being completely rebuilt, and parts of his estate in Newport have been recently restored. Of Rails and Sails, narrated by a college roommate, follows Arthur’s carefree life as a student at Amherst, his introduction to yachts, his indoctrination into business working for his father (a partner at Phelps Dodge, the copper mining giant), to his driving the golden spike in Bieber, California at the completion of the third and final transcontinental rail line in America. Arthur’s life is told with never-before-seen, actual footage and reenactments to dramatize key moments in the life and career of this humble tycoon of transportation.
Q & A with filmmakers Joseph Daniel and Roger Vaughan.
Mon Oct 7