End of the Line

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production


END OF THE LINE is a feature-length documentary about the struggle to save New York City’s aging subways and how it relates to widespread infrastructure challenges across America. With an unprecedented transit crisis that takes an unpredictable twist - the L train (un)shutdown - as its inciting incident, this film follows citizens, officials and politicians at the heart of this headline-grabbing debacle.


Since production is currently ongoing, we must respect the privacy of our subjects and collaborators by not sharing intimate details publicly. However, please reach out to hello@endofthelinedoc.com for extended synopsis and additional information.


Emmett Adler (director) is a millennial, but from a New York City perspective he could be considered Generation L. Like many artistically inclined 20-somethings who reached NYC in the early 2010s, the youthful and relatively affordable neighborhoods along the subway system’s L line were where he belonged. However, after riding the L daily for almost 4 years, in early 2016 he caught wind of some previously unimaginable news - his vital lifeline had been scheduled to be shut for over a year for maintenance. Upon some consideration, he realized that this issue was endlessly rich and began covering its then nascent development in November 2016. Of course, at that point (about 2.5 years prior to the scheduled shutdown date), he could not have foreseen that in the coming years the entire subway system would fall into crisis, the Governor would proclaim a state of emergency, there would be a high profile transition of power atop the MTA, the L train shutdown would be stunningly reversed, and the reversal would ultimately lead to the MTA’s restructuring and the implementation of the revolutionary congestion pricing tax to fund to the subways’ salvation (as mandated by NY state’s 2019 budget)... But he kept his camera rolling throughout - capturing lightning in a bottle and becoming an expert on these issues in the process.


Emmett Adler - Director
EMMETT ADLER is an Emmy and Telly winning filmmaker who has worked closely with Oscar and Peabody winners. As a long time resident along New York City's L train line, he recognized the depth of the situation and sought to document the events surrounding the 2019 shutdown. End of the Line will be his first feature documentary. Emmett’s past editing credits include Discovery Channel’s Killing Fields (2016) and The Dark Side of the Sun (2017), Fox’s American Idol (2016), OWN’s Oprah Masterclass (2017), Refinery 29’s Daughters of Paradise (2016, Webby Nominee, Telly Recipient), and Oxygen’s Bardstown (2018). He was an additional editor on the 2018 feature documentary The Blue Wall (World Premiere: 2018 Hot Docs), and an assistant editor on Showtime’s Emmy-winning series Years of Living Dangerously. To view his personal portfolio visit emmettadler.com

Ian Mayer - Producer
IAN MAYER is a Clio-Award winning freelance editor and graphics artist living in New York City. He was editor and associate producer for The Incomparable Rose Hartman, a feature-length documentary film that premiered at SXSW and has screened at 15 festivals. His other editorial credits include ESPN's Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil, MSNBC's Pot Barons, and various television commercials. He has also created visuals for two Super Bowl Halftime Shows, music awards performances for KE$HA and Beyoncé, and concert tours for Beyoncé, Roger Waters and Norah Jones. Ian studied filmmaking at the University of Arizona. To view his personal portfolio visit iancmayer.com

Mariah Wilson - Co-Producer
MARIAH WILSON has produced series for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Animal Planet, Discovery, History, MSNBC, VICE, Vocativ, Google, and The Smithsonian Institution. Her recent films are KAZIRANGA (Humane Society ACE Award/Grant) about the rhino poaching crisis in India, and EEYA, about indigenous Baka tribes in Cameroon who are caught in the crossfire of poaching (featured on National Geographic’s “Wildlife Watch”). She is currently premiering SILENT FORESTS, about forest elephant poaching in central Africa. (Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant, NYSCA Grant Recipient 2017, IFP Spotlight on Docs, World Premiere: 2019 Santa Barbara Film Festival, Finalist in Feature Competition, 2019 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival). For more, please visit: www.mariahewilson.com

Brian Torres - Associate Producer
BRIAN TORRES is the founder of Mammoth Editorial and the co-founder of Búho, a video production studio in Bogota. His work as an editor and director of photography has been shown on the Discovery Channel, CNN, Univision, Fusion and Telemundo. He has worked with companies and brands such as Vox Media, The Verge, Fly, SB Nation, Nikon, Twitter, Avianca, Audi, Colombia and Ubeci.


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