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.

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I (Still) See RDC!

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The #iSeeRDC tour continues at full speed!

Since the premiere, The Red Line D.C. Project has presented SEE / LINE at two additional locations — Northeast Library, by Union Station, and Smith Public Trust at Brookland-CUA.

This week we’re heading further north. Thursday, 11/13, SEE / LINE will screen at Takoma Library, right by — you guessed it! — Takoma metro station.

Showtime starts at 6:30pm! Hope to see you there!

Express Yourself!

It’s been a bumpy ride, but the winding road down #RedLineDC is nearly over. And what a ride it has been! Today we had the pleasure of being featured in The Express, a Washington Post publication that’s often read on the very Red line ride we’ve been focusing our energy on all these years. Director/producer Saaret Yoseph shared her behind-these-scenes experiences, motivations for creating the project as well as the major themes addressed in the documentary. It’s an honor for Red Line D.C. to be featured in the paper and we’re proud to consider ourselves a part of the many visual and communal elements of your commute! If you missed the write-up in print, you can find it online, right here. Take a look!

From Theory to Practice

We’re back with another sampling from the #RedLineDC video vault. This time with an excerpt from last year’s interview with art historian and culture theorist Martin Irvine, the founding professor of Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology program.

We asked Professor Irvine about the academic concepts evident in graffiti subculture. What’s the big idea behind the writings on the wall? Why has the tradition of graffiti returned to the Red line, again and again? Irvine weighs in on the lure of metro graffiti and explains why we need to give these everyday aesthetics a closer look. See for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The Lure of the Red Line from citylovedc on Vimeo.

Next Stop

All editing and no play makes Red Line D. C. a dull project, so luckily there’s a silver lining up ahead. Next month we’ll be screening new footage and discussing the final phase of our efforts at two upcoming events. The first, on Saturday,  October 13th, (7pm) will be hosted by neighborhood initiative DeanwoodxDesign. The second, a collaboration between human resource-hub Knowledge Commons and BloomBars, a community arts space in Columbia Heights, will be held the following week on Saturday, October 20th (12-2pm).

Respectively, these three awesome organizations are breathing new offline life to Red Line D.C. We’ll be showing unseen footage from the two-part film and both events will feature live discussion with Saaret Yoseph, the documentary’s director and producer. Yoseph will talk about post-production progress and plans for release, as well as the stakes behind Red Line D. C. and the 3-year process that led to this point in the project.

Oh, and in case you missed it last week, Yoseph did a guest spot on WAMU‘s The Kojo Nnamdi Show. She was included in an episode about public art and graffiti alongside a couple Red Line D. C. interviewees, including art director Cory Stowers and Nancee Lyons from the Department of Public Works. The lively chat should hold you over if you’re in need of a little Red line action until we see you next month.

But in the meantime, check back for more event details and project updates.

Reviving the Red Line

For weeks now, we’ve been hiding out in an edit studio trying to piece together the two-part documentary series that will encompass all the underlying issues of Red Line D.C. With a rough cut of part one already under our belt, the bulk of our attention has been focused on building part two, a story that will address the Metro-Branch Trail’s development; how changes in access to the Red line have in turn affected aesthetics and the value of wall space. This process has been slow, but steady. And sadly, because of our tunnel vision video-making, the online presence of #redlinedc has dwindled. For this, we sincerely apologize.

Hopefully, our absence has only made your heart fonder of the film’s potential. But in case it hasn’t, here’s some bonus footage to rekindle your interest. In this video excerpt, Prof. Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway, reminds us why Washington metro matters are so important to understanding the District.

Zachary Schrag on the Meaning of Metro from citylovedc on Vimeo.

While you patiently await our film’s final cuts, we’ll do our best to post more video clips like this one to hold you over. So until then, bear with us folks, documentary work in progress …