Mint Films is psyched to be screening segments of Year-round Metal Enjoyment at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for their current exhibition "Shake Rattle Roll" featuring graffiti on model trains. If you're in the area its well worth the visit. The exhibition runs till November and as a bonus we'll be offering a 30% off deal for online viewings. Just enter the Coupon Code SDMRM upon your next rental.
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The San Diego Model Railroad Museum proudly presents “Shake Rattle Roll”. This exhibit features a glimpse into railroad graffiti culture and how the model railroad community are replacing what is seen on the railroads today. Dating back to the mid 1900’s through present day, urban style graffiti has incorporated topics of deep personal meaning, cultural awareness and political driven themes. The railroad equipment has not set a limit on what an individual can do with graffiti expression. It has also not stopped various small scale train modelers who wish to replicate these beautifully decorated trains.
Become absorbed in displays featuring authentic freight train graffiti models and engage with hands-on activities that allow guests to practice expression through writing and art. Experience the lifestyle, growth, and public perception of graffiti art and how the model railroading community has become an active participant in recreating and preserving this artistic subculture.
Featuring model railroaders Joseph Espinoza, Scott Richardson, Josh Baakko, Patrick Yates, Travus Clark, Rick Kempf and Roy Butch Heyler. Featured artist in the exhibition, Christopher “Sake One” Kinney.
Special thanks to Paint on Freights, Mint Films, San Diego Cultural Arts Alliance, Writerz Blok, Bill Coleman and Michael Armstrong
ABOUT THE FILM
Year-round Metal Enjoyment explores the New England origins of North American freight train graffiti, tracing the narratives of several members of the prolific YME and Circle T crews, and giving unparalleled access into the fastest growing subculture in the graffiti movement.
Challenged by the illegal nature of their passions, dangerous locales, and the pressures of a society that will not accept or understand them, these artists reveal what drives them to return, time after time, to execute their artwork on a canvas that is forever changing, moving and vanishing into oblivion.
Both snapshot of a fading history and love-letter to the trains themselves, Year-round Metal Enjoyment captures the voices, faces and thoughts of artists, railfans and train-workers alike, while showcasing the unlikely beauty of the trains in their environment.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Director Jeff Griecci started playing around with the idea of creating a film about graffiti in early 2010 after gaining an appreciation for the art form while finishing his degree in Portland, ME. After making contact with a few local graffiti artists, he became fascinated by stories of the YME crew and their focus and devotion to painting freight trains.
As the scope of the story widened, he asked writer and producer Ian Carlsen to help collect material and assist with the scripting of the film. While both Griecci and Carlsen had collaborated before on narrative films, this was their first attempt at making a documentary.
After five years of assembling materials, editing film (and two cross-country relocations for director, Griecci), Year-round Metal Enjoyment premiered at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME on Oct 27, 2015.
ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Nicholas Gervin is a street photographer who has been documenting graffiti art since the early 90's. He is currently working on The Lines Don't Lie, a 190 page hardcover book documenting freight and graffiti culture in the Northeast featuring quotes and interviews from over 25 graffiti writers and a foreword by ICHABOD.