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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Neon N-Judah Video Makes Riding Muni Seem Like Everything It's Not: Beautiful and Relaxing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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The N-Judah train carries the most passengers on a daily basis of any Muni line in the city, shuttling people from the foggy Outside Lands all the way to Giants games along the Embarcadero.

On a perfect day, the train zips riders to their destinations across many neighborhoods, but the line is also known for spectacular fails, dumping off passengers before their final destinations and stranding thousands when all they want to do is get home from work.

Two Bay Area-based filmmakers and writers created this very colorful video titled Neon San Francisco - N Judah, attempting to put your Muni ride in a more glamorous light.

The film, by Rebecca Richardson and James O'Malley, condenses the trip from Caltrain to Ocean Beach down to less than four minutes (a rider can dream, right?) and sets it to jazz music by Charlie Parker that could qualify the short as a musical interlude in a Woody Allen flick.

As Richardson explains:

We wanted to show day-to-day travel in a glamorous light, and to inspire people to actively see the beauty and magic in things they would never have considered as interesting. The Muni, and the N Judah line in particular, is something that is regularly dismissed and treated with disdain. But we think it's interesting: for $2, you can see the whole city, from Bay to Breakers, on a schedule that's all of its own making.

Our motivations are creative: we enjoy telling stories and seek to inspire others to view the world (and San Francisco) differently. And plus, we love wandering the city. Just being out in the world, on foot, is an adventure. We notice so much more when we walk places, and can't help but be inspired by the beauty around us.

Perhaps the film would be most appreciated as a much-needed break from reality when riders are packed like sardines into an N-Judah train that isn't moving, and won't be anytime soon.

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