We Came, We Saw, We Commuted. 

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Last November, after the release of our 30-minute documentary, SEE / LINE (available at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.), The Red Line D.C. Project celebrated it’s last days.

In the new year, director/producer Saaret Yoseph began a fellowship with Docs in Progress, in Silver Spring, and has turned her attention toward the next labor of love, a documentary about the Ethiopian Diaspora’s complex relationship with “home.”

But, before we officially say goodbye to Red Line D.C. and all things graffiti, it’s only fitting that we find the project a good home!

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Google Street Art has adopted some of the unused and under-utilized content from the documentary project, adding Red Line D.C. to their expansive collection of digital art.

It’s a relief to know that all the work we spent 4+ years documenting and discussing will get an extended life in this new, online exhibition space.

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Many of the graffiti names and ephemeral pieces that we’ve captured over the years, have been added to Google’s Street Art map, so that our very small, site-specific conversation can be exposed to a much larger, global audience.

We couldn’t be prouder of how the project has turned out. And, though, it’s always hard to say goodbye, it’s comforting to know that we’re only a Google away!

Here’s to the next big adventure! Until then, find us here on Street Art, and follow the progress of Saaret’s next documentary via Twitter.

Here’s to 2015!

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A new year is the perfect opportunity to look back at our accomplishments, and we couldn’t be more happy with Red Line D.C. 

Last November’s premiere at Angelika Pop-up and subsequent screenings we’re a hit! And, just this month, director/producer Saaret Yoseph was named as the D.C. Film and Television Development Office’s January Filmmaker of the Month.

What a better way to wrap up the project and kickoff 2015? We couldn’t be happier about the news!

What You Missed at the Premiere

We did it!

Saturday, November 1st was the premiere presentation of The Red Line D.C. Project’s SEE / LINE. Collaborators, contributors and interested community members came out to the Angelika Pop-Up film center at Union Market.

Two showings of the film were offered to attendees, as well as a small, celebratory reception with director/producer Saaret Yoseph.

We had a blast with all those that came out! Check out the photos from the event below!

To all those that missed the big night, be sure to catch the film at one — or more! — of the public screenings being held throughout November at various locations near or along the Red line.

Thanks, again to everyone who attended the premiere and to all those that have supported the project during the four amazing years that led us here!

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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.

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.

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 citylovedc@gmail.com or @_RedLineDC_ for more information.

A Post-Post Post on Post-Production

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OK … so maybe I overdid it. But the P-word has certainly warranted some dedicated attention. First, there’s the Washington Post article about Red Line D.C., which appeared this past Sunday in the Metro section. That same day, we were also featured in the Our City Film Festival, where I participated in a brief, post-screening Q&A.

The profile in the Post and experience at Our City were both timely and sweet, humbling opportunities that have reminded me of the stakes behind Red Line D.C., as well as the project’s place within the community. No journey is ever completed without patient support and guidance along the way. The same can be said of the filmmaking process.

The making of Red Line D.C. has constituted 3+ years of my life; a long and winding road that’s still not quite finished. In the process of post-production, I have learned that concrete deadlines are only mirages in the distance.  Limited funding, technical setbacks and inevitable dead-ends can turn any documentary filmmaker into a weary traveler. And that has definitely been the case for me. But all the creative help, community support and positive feedback I’ve gotten, especially as of late, has been a huge affirmation of my efforts.

So, I had to reflect, pipe up and speak to you directly with this blog post. I just can’t thank you all enough for your ongoing encouragement and interest in Red Line D.C. The sense of purpose behind the documentary has continually been renewed for me. Right now, I’m eager to push through–and past–post-production to deliver The Red Line D.C. Project DVD; a final cut of the awesome, two-part series I know you’ve been waiting for.

Stay tuned and, as always, state your piece below!

Saaret Yoseph

Director & Producer

The Red Line D.C. Project

@SaaretSays | @_RedLineDC_