TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL
2016, Janus Films, 87 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Erin Blackwell, aka Tiny, was introduced in filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall's earlier film STREETWISE as a brash 14-year-old living precariously on the margins in Seattle. Now a 44-year-old mother of 10, Blackwell reflects with Mark on the journey they’ve experienced together, from Blackwell’s struggles with addiction to her regrets to her dreams for her own children - even as she sees them being pulled down the same path of drugs and desperation. Interweaving three decades’ worth of Mark’s photographs and footage that includes previously unseen outtakes from STREETWISE, this is a heartrending, deeply empathetic portrait of a family struggling to break free of the cycle of trauma, as well as a summation of the life's work of Mark, an irreplaceable artistic voice.


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