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It’s Magic Monday!

After four years of blood, sweat and spray paint, we’re finally premiering our short documentary, SEE / LINE, this Saturday, November 1st at the Angelika Pop-Up Film Center in Northeast, D.C.

Join director/producer Saaret Yoseph for a first look at the film.

But don’t forget to register! The event is RSVP only and seating is limited.

WATCH: Deleted Scene with REI21

Less than two weeks left till the premiere of The Red Line D.C. Project’s SEE / LINE. And we can’t wait for you to check out the final short film!

Until then, we have to hold you over.

Below is a deleted scene from the documentary, featuring an excerpt from an early interview with graffiti writer REI21. Here, REI responds to a question about whether or not the opinions of Red line riders matter to him. Spoiler Alert — They don’t!

See what REI has to say, then tell us your opinion. #iseeRDC

What About the Commuters? from citylovedc on Vimeo.

Legal Walls vs. Illegal Graffiti

Take a look at this deleted scene from our two-part documentary, SEE / LINE. In this bonus clip, urban planner Heather Deutsch, discusses the impact of the legal murals painted along the Red line metro. What effect do aesthetics have on a community?Does graffiti and spray paint have the same appeal when the art is sanctioned and controlled?

Watch this short video and tell us what you think. Leave your mark in the comments section below or share your thoughts with us on Twitter (#iseeRDC). We’d love to hear from you!

What Do the Murals Do? from citylovedc on Vimeo.

The Urge to Exist

We missed you Monday, but there’s still time to kick your week off right!

How ’bout a little a philosophy? As in, “I write. Therefore, I am.”

In this deleted scene, graffiti writer Exist shares what compels him to do graffiti and hit the Red line, again and again.

Listen close, and you might recall some of those sound bites from an earlier cut of “See Something, Say Something.” Though, the interview didn’t make the final cut, we couldn’t keep it buried in the editing room.

Check out what Exist had to say, then check back for updates on November screenings of our short, two-part documentary SEE / LINE.

Follow us on Twitter: @_RedLineDC_, and shout us out with the hashtag #iseeRDC.

Everything is Temporary

One of the hardest things about documenting a story like Red Line D.C. is the very real concept of temporality.

Nothing stays the same.

On the metro, everything is in motion. On the MBT, everything is influx. And when you’re objective is to capture change, it’s difficult to know when to put down the camera and call it a wrap. The existing graffiti and chaos of the metro is constantly interacting with the construction and development occurring in Northeast, particularly around Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland station.

As neighborhoods change, the aesthetics are impacted and hint at something more. There’s a nearly imperceptible shift to the experience of a place. Buildings come and go. So does graffiti.

And so do people.

Below is an excerpted interview with Mr. Holmes, a business owner, who, at the time of filming, operated his company out of a warehouse in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast D.C. He shares his perspective on working by Rhode Island Avenue metro station, and his encounters with illegal public art, before and after the MBT’s development.