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.


See for Yourself!

This November, catch Red Line D.C.‘s final short film, SEE / LINEa documentary in two parts. There will be several screenings throughout the month at library branches and establishments near the Red line metro.

Be sure to attend one or more!

RDC November screenings

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.

WATCH: A Little Something Extra

This November, Red Line D.C. will wrap and release with a final short film called, SEE / LINE. But until then, let’s cool our heels and countdown the days with bonus footage from the project.

Here, Red line commuters dish their opinions on the metro and what it’s like to ride our favorite metro route.

Riding the Red Line from citylovedc on Vimeo.

Want to see more? Check back for additional bonus footage and deleted scenes, as well as upcoming event details!

Destinations & Arrivals

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An independent documentary is a lot like a Red line train. Time and again, you must expect delays.

After many challenges and much ado, we’re FINALLY approaching our stop! This fall, The Red Line D.C. Project will release the long-awaited, much-anticipated documentary “See / Line,”  a two-part series on metro graffiti.

We’ve taken in feedback and tightened our story, combining part one “See Something, Say Something,” with the never-before-seen “Crossing the Line.” And like any good two-for-one special, both parts work together to explore the Red line’s significance and the relationship between access and aesthetics in the District.

Check back for event details, teaser footage and post-production updates. We’ll be using the summer to workshop the project and spark community engagement.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Red Line D.C. or hosting a screening, we’re looking for a few good editors and organizations to contribute their time, space and/or skills. Contact or @_RedLineDC_ for more information.