Homeless in Seattle 32 years later

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Streetwise: Film, Art, Music & More

Listen Listening Tiny would go on to become the unofficial star of “Streetwise”, the heartbreaking, intimate and, at times, exuberant documentary. Erin Blackwell, also known as Tiny, 31 years after “Streetwise.

Streetwise, a discreet classic of American documentary cinema, is a returned to Seattle in to film the same homeless runaways she shot.

A follow-up to the haunting documentary ‘Streetwise’ traces the life of Tiny, the year-old prostitute who became a damaged earth mother. By Owen Gleiberman. Chief Film Critic. It was always a little scary to think about where she might end up. She now has a house, in the marshy Kirkland suburb of Seattle, and she has 10 children — the first five with different fathers none of whom are around , the last five with the man who became her husband. The place she found is deeply flawed, perpetuating cycles of abuse that she herself suffered, but Erin Blackwell comes through as a life giver.

In ‘Streetwise’ and ‘Tiny’ docs, ‘Tigers’ horror, Brattle highlights times kids were not alright

It has been over three decades since this revered documentary first stunned the American public; however, the legacy of the film lives on, as many of the social issues illuminated in the film remain extremely relevant today. As a project, we recognize the historical poignancy of this film, and we will be hosting a free screening on Friday, Oct. The film follows the lives of nine street kids, each of whom has created a different persona which was vital to their survival on the streets.

Tiny was 13 years old when the film was shot and, like many teen girls, she had simple dreams of getting married, having children and living on a farm.

First up is the new restoration of “Streetwise,” Martin Bell’s alluringly intimate drifters, grifters, thieves and prostitutes on the street of Seattle in The film – nominated in the Best Documentary category for an Oscar that.

All rights reserved. In , Mary Ellen Mark began shooting a group of troubled youth on the streets of Seattle. Initially, Mark’s work culminated into a publication called “Streetwise” and the documentary film of the same name by Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell. Mark become focused on a girl nicknamed, Tiny, then 13 years old and an addict, prostitute living on the streets. Pictured, Tiny in Seattle, For over 30 years, Mark and her husband documented the life of Tiny from a year-old to a middle-aged mother of Before Mark’s death on May 25, , she and her husband were working with Aperture Gallery to republish and update “Streetwise.

Bell’s Academy Award nominated film “Streetwise” is also included in the exhibit to coincide with his soon-to-be released documentary film, “Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell. Pictured, Tiny and her mother, Pat, In a interview with Darkroom Photography, Mark expresses, “I’m interested in people who haven’t had all the lucky breaks in life – people who are handicapped emotionally, physically or financially. Much of life if luck. No one can choose whether he’s born into a wealthy, privileged home or born into extreme poverty.

Pictured, Tiny with her dogs Bean and Khloe, ABC News Network.

Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen

Cleaning up my life and having my kids and doing the best I can do. I also am revisiting and extending my thinking about the complex ethics involved in storytelling, whether that is through photography, film, or—in my case—writing. The fact that they are dead obviously does not let me off the hook from being respectful of who they were as people—respectful of their memories and their legacies, including living relatives.

But Tiny—Erin Blackwell, who is very much alive and still living in the Seattle area. Since I moved to and began my work with Seattle homeless youth in , I have come to know a fair number of the homeless youth depicted in Streetwise.

Streetwise. likes · 3 talking about this. In the 70’s 80’s & 90’s there was a little known population on the streets of Seattle: We were known as the.

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Streetwise Revisited

Streetwise is a documentary film by director Martin Bell. According to Mark’s accompanying book, eponymously titled Streetwise , [6] McCall and Mark traveled to Seattle , Washington specifically to reveal that even in a town that billed itself as America’s most livable city, there still existed rampant homelessness and desperation. After making connections with several homeless youth during the writing of the article, Mark convinced Bell that the youth were worthy of his making a documentary based on their lives.

McCall and Mark were also instrumental in making the film. Streetwise follows the lives of several homeless teenagers, although it focuses most on year-old Erin Blackwell, a young prostitute who goes by the name of Tiny. Much of the time, Tiny stays at the home of her alcoholic mother, Pat, who seems unfazed by her daughter’s prostitution, calling it a “phase”.

Initially, Mark’s work culminated into a publication called “Streetwise” and the documentary film of the same name by Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell.

Tiny turned out O. That movie chronicled the lives of teenagers on the streets of Seattle. Erin is introduced going through old photographs with Mark who died in , before this film was completed. Erin plays with her children — six out of 10 of whom live with her at the outset — in the marshy Seattle-area banks. Their home appears to be filled with puppies. She met her husband, Will, on a chat line. Knowing her past, he does not judge her. But the Blackwell residence is not as even-keeled as it first appears.

Erin still struggles with addiction. There is friction between one of her sons, Rayshon, and Will, who wants to keep him out of prison.


US shipping included, sent in a sealed envelope. Receive advanced digital access to the film “Tiny Revisited” before it is released. See image below. US shipping included. Receive the new edition of the “Streetwise” book to be published by Aperture, signed by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, featuring all the photographs from the original book, plus new photographs.

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Revisiting Tiny, An Icon Of Life On Seattle’s Streets, 30 Years Later

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Directed by Martin Bell. With Annie, Eddie, Antoine, Erica. Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Is this how it happened, or was the compassion for those on the fringe there all along? Bell: In , Mary Ellen was assigned by Life magazine to photograph kids living on the streets of downtown Seattle. She felt they could be the subject of our first project together. Can you speak to the connection you have, if any, to the place and how it came to form? Bell: After we made Streetwise, the city of Seattle had for me become one of the characters in the film.

Today Seattle is struggling with a significant homeless problem. The economy has pushed many people to the very edge and priced them out of our society. There are tent cities, sanctioned and unsanctioned built alongside the interstate running through the city. The films will be run in reverse order. Because TINY is the new film, there are things in this film that are not answered.

But when you see Streetwise , it makes sense. Bell: Right, they stand alone. Bell: Yes.

Exposed: The Ethics of Storytelling

This unflinching look at teens living on the streets of Seattle was one of the first documentaries to deal with the ever-growing plight of homelessness among young people. It began as a Life magazine article by photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark and writer Cheryl McCall; Mark and her husband, director Martin Bell , went back to Seattle to film the daily lives of the throwaways and runaways. Bell and Mark found a large group of subjects willing to talk about their lives of panhandling, prostitution, petty crime, and drugs.

In , Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell documented homeless youth in Seattle for the groundbreaking documentary ‘Streetwise.’ 32 years.

This weekend brings three tales of troubled street kids to the Brattle Theatre screen. In one scene, a young girl in for treatment for an STD is asked about her periods and matter-of-factly responds she got her first one a month ago; she goes on to tell the physician about her johns and what she would do if she got pregnant abortion. Her future seems dim, as does that for many of the kids living in an abandoned factory.

Bell was inspired to make the film by his wife, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who was shooting on the same subject for Life magazine at the time. For one, Tiny, that confident girl in the clinic, Bell did a year follow-up. Tiny indulged in plenty of drugs over the years and bore plenty of progeny, and the rewind of struggle and heartbreak become testimony to the dark underbelly of the American Dream. Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.

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