“The Blue Line,” a short documentary directed and produced by former Warwick resident Samantha Knowles, will make its Warwick premiere on Mon., Jun. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick NY. The film previously made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and is part of the New York Times Op-Doc series.
The film chronicles the blue line controversy in Warwick, which began shortly after the blue line was first painted on Railroad Ave. Within weeks of painting, posts about the blue line were shared on social media, and residents wrote letters in the paper 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 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.