“The Blue Line,” a short documentary directed and produced by former Warwick resident Samantha Knowles, will make its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thurs., Apr. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the SVA 2 Theatre, as part of the their N.O.W. Op-Docs program. Knowles will be featured on a filmmaker panel after the screening.
The film chronicles the blue line controversy in Warwick, which began shortly after the blue line was first painted on Railroad Ave. in Warwick. Within weeks of the painting of the blue line, posts about the blue line were shared on social media, and residents wrote letters in local newspapers both for and against the line. As the controversy unfolded, dueling petitions for and against the line were circulated, and the blue line was replaced with a red-white-and-blue line.
Residents on both sides attended an explosive Village of Warwick Board meeting. Ultimately a compromise was reached, and the blue line was reinstated. Knowles’ film uniquely captures the story from beginning to end, and reflects on the effect of the controversy in Warwick.
Knowles is a graduate of St. Stephens–St. Edwards School and Burke Catholic High School. She received her degree in Film Studies and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She is an associate producer in New York City and recently worked on “Marathon,” an HBO documentary on the Boston Marathon bombing as well as many other films.
To attend the debut of “The Blue Line,” tickets can be purchased on the Tribeca Film Festival website at www.tribecafilm.com.
Editor’s Note: As of press time, information as to where the documentary can be viewed after its debut was not made available. The Warwick Valley Dispatch will inform readers when we receive this information.