Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Wed, Aug 28, 2019
7:30pm

Double Feature! In Person Guests!
STREETWISE / TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL
Film lovers and designers and directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy will be on hand to introduce the screening.
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STREETWISE
1984, Janus Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Seattle, 1983. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. Born from a Life magazine exposé by Mark and McCall, STREETWISE follows an unforgettable group of at-risk children - including iron-willed 14-year-old Tiny, who would become the project’s most haunting and enduring face, along with the pugnacious yet resourceful Rat and the affable drifter DeWayne - who, driven from their broken homes, survive by hustling, panhandling and dumpster diving.


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.


Screening format: DCP. Film lovers and designers and directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy will be on hand to introduce the screening.
Aero Theatre • Wed, Aug 28, 2019 • 7:30pm