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Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell



Double Feature with STREETWISE

2016 • dir Martin Bell w/Erin Blackwell (aka Tiny), Mary Ellen Mark • 87 min • DCP

Thirty years in the making, TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL continues to follow one of the most indelible subjects of STREETWISE. Erin Blackwell, a.k.a. Tiny, was introduced in filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall’s STREETWISE 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. – Janus Films

Staff Pick! Brandon

“The combination of ‘Streetwise’ and ‘Tiny’ belongs on a short list with ‘Boyhood,’ the ‘Up’ documentaries and ‘Hoop Dreams’ as exemplars of time-capsule filmmaking.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“Erin Blackwell comes through as a life giver. It’s easy to judge her, a lot less easy to take the measure of her spirit and existence.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Ticket Information:

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Saturday 9/21
at 3:30 PM
Sunday 9/22
at 3:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.