Timothy "Speed" Levitch is both an unconventional tour guide and a kind of indie film muse. Working on double-decker bus hosting sightseeing tours in his native New York in the '90s, he attracted attention for his unique, philosophical take on the city and its history. He eventually became the subject of the 1998 documentary "The Cruise
," which launched the career of "Moneyball
" director Bennett Miller
and made Levitch both a fixture on the festival circuit and an occasional on-screen presence in films like "Scotland, Pa.," "Waking Life
" and "The School of Rock." Levitch's friendship with Richard Linklater
, director of those latter two features, lead to the pair conceiving of the new Hulu original series "Up to Speed," a quirky, psychedelic half-hour travel show that showcases host Levitch's personality and his distinctive take on a location's past and present. He takes...