TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell
DIRECTOR: MARTIN BELL
Martin Bell in person Sat July 20 at 5:00pm & Sun July 21 at 3:30pm
More than thirty years after Streetwise, Bell and his filmmaking partner, the late, legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, return to one of that film’s most haunting subjects, the brash 14-year-old who went by the nickname of “Tiny.” Erin Blackwell has survived drug addiction, crushing poverty, and unfathomable mental distress, but Bell discovers the mother of ten battered-but-unbowed, changed by the years though with her indomitable life force very much intact, struggling to keep her children from following in her footsteps. Culling together footage shot over the course of three decades, Bell and Mark produce a tender tribute to this resilient, flawed, and defiantly independent women, and a family trying to change its fortunes.
A Janus Films release
Photo by Mary Ellen Mark. All rights reserved.