A New York City poet has marital problems. She discovers that the only way she can compose a new poem is to overcome the trauma in her past and make a connection between two trains.

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Makeida
Brik Olson ...
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Cate Weinberg ...
Liz
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A New York City poet has marital problems. She discovers that the only way she can compose a new poem is to overcome the trauma in her past and make a connection between two trains.

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7 September 2011 (USA)  »

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The Subway Film Series, curated by filmmaker Jack Feldstein, eventually premiered in March 2012 as part of The Queens World Film Festival. It was the first time that all six of the films were screened together. Q to the 6 Train (2011) was the fifth film screened in the block. See more »

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Liz: You know what sells? Romanticized bullshit. Hippies in the Village, like you. You're a starving artist, living with a banker husband...
Joe: I'm a bookie.
Liz: Yes, yes.
Joe: And my name's Joe.
Liz: Liz. Gee, love your little mise-en-scene here.
[Gestures to a poster of Fighting Nirvana]
Liz: So, you're a starving artist living in the rat-infested home with all these posters of arthouse movies no one ever sees. That is romantic.
Makeida: I want to write about something personal.
Liz: Ahhhh, subways! What could scream New York more ...
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The end credits appear over footage of subway trains. See more »

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References Fighting Nirvana (2009) See more »

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a moving (and surprisingly amusing) story of coming to terms with the past
14 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Q to the 6 Train is a short film that finds an unexpected balance between drama and comedy. While the premise of a poet who can't seem to get on to a subway in connection with the trauma of 9/11 is a somber one, the director, Gabe Rodriguez, is wise to not make it a completely dour experience.

At first I was thrown off by the main character Makeida's literary agent, played by Cate Weinberg, being a kind of screwball character talking fast and comparing poetry to Twilight. But it worked simply because Weinberg has great comic timing and Rodriguez's dialog for her clicks. And it's not terribly forced either; it fits in at just the spot where the audience can use a break from the drama, and then it comes back to Makeida's conflict and is stronger.

The heart of this film, which only runs eleven minutes but has the weight of something longer, is a good one and features a performance by Audrey Lorea that has a lot of subtlety to it (in other words, the power of it comes from some restraint early on so that when she reveals her pain, it comes out naturally). The camera-work is also very good, grabbing a rich New York feel with its subway scenes. And the song used repeatedly by Rodriguez by Lisa Redford is inspirational in how it has a mix of the sad and hopeful, which is apt for the protagonist. The 'marital problems' referenced in the plot section on IMDb don't seem very fleshed out, but it's not at all a hindrance to the film itself.

What Q to the 6 beautifully reveals, inspired by the poem by Cheryl Dumesnil, is the growth possible through art and experience. It's a small tale that can mean a lot within its dimensions.


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