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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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!

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_

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!

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.

The Mixtape Effect

Earlier this week we announced our most recent Red Line D.C. remix. You might have seen us tweeting about it or caught the call-to-action in this WTOP interview with Saaret Yoseph,Red Line D.C.’s director and producer. However you got wind of the news, here’s the down-and-dirty: We’re trying to crowdsource a soundtrack for the Red line.

Originally, the idea was to get an old school graffiti writer, like SMK, to curate a Red Line D.C. Mixtape. But instead, we’re taking a slightly different route. The goal of the project–in all its different forms–has always been to bridge the gap of experience with the Red line. So, what better way to do that than with a mixtape composed by the masses? We created a Twitter hashtag, #RedLineDC, to collect any songs and/or tracks suggested. Feel free to email us as well at citylovedc@gmail.com with the subject line “#RedLineDC Mixtape.” We’re open to all submissions, just keep in mind the themes of transit, graffiti and the city.

Here’s hoping for a fun and active experiment. You never know what you’ll get, when you get on-board the Red line. But what if, the next time you took a ride, the person sitting beside you was looking out of the window, too, and nodding along to the same song?

The Red Line’s Nerdy Side

It isn’t easy explaining all the moving parts of Red Line D.C., but director and producer Saaret Yoseph did her best last week. Presenting in front of faculty at Georgetown University, she defended the research and remixing done for the project  over the past two years. Saaret discussed the transient elements of graffiti and transit as well as her motivations for exploring the everyday aesthetics of our Red line commute.  The event was a marker of Red Line D.C. ‘s progress and a milestone in her graduate career in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown. If you’re looking for insight on what makes this whole interactive, multimedia project work, get into geek-mode and take a look at this snippet from the presentation: