January 18th, 2020

TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell with Introduction by Susan Hacker Stang

Saturday January 18th, 2020
Movie and Lecture: 1:30pm

IPHF was able to get access to the newly released 2019 sequel “Tiny, The Life of Erin Blackwell”  with Mary Ellen Mark, directed by her husband, Martin Bell!  It proves to be more timely and pertinent film than what we had originally chosen to share of Mary Ellen Mark’s work.

Thirty years in the making, Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell continues to follow one of the most indelible subjects of Streetwise, a groundbreaking documentary on homeless and runaway teenagers. Erin Blackwell, a.k.a. Tiny, was introduced in filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer and IPHF Inductee, Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall’s earlier film as a brash fourteen-year-old living precariously on the margins in Seattle. Now a forty-four year-old mother of ten, 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.

Released: 2019, Runtime: 87 min, Not Rated

Susan Hacker Stang is an American photographer, author, and educator. She retired in 2015 after forty-one years as professor of communications at Webster University in St. Louis.  Her work has been collected by more than 25 major museums and libraries around the world and appears in numerous books and magazines.

Image: © Mary Ellen Mark


Official Trailer for Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell


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