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TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell Screening and Q&A with Director Martin Bell

  • Big Room 120 @SVA MFA Photo/Video 214 East 21st Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

SVA MFA Photography, Video and Related Media invites you to join us for a screening of the documentary film TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell.

Q&A to follow moderated by Michael Dalton from

TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell is the work of acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark's 30-year commitment to document a woman’s life, from homelessness and addiction to motherhood. The film is a follow-up to the Academy Award nominated film Streetwise, directed by Mark’s husband, Martin Bell. The complexities of Erin, and how her childhood on the street informs her life, are brutally evinced in TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, with clarity, and without judgment. Its honest portrayal is in part what makes this documentary so ferociously masterful.

MARTIN BELL, director, producer, made the narrative feature films “American Heart” starring Jeff Bridges, and “Hidden in America,” with both Jeff and Beau Bridges. His 1984 film “Streetwise,” follows the lives of runaway kids on the streets of Seattle and was nominated for an Academy Award. His film “Prom” explores the complex lives of teenagers as they transition from childhood to adulthood, which is a companion piece to his wife Mary Ellen Mark’s photographic project of the same name.

MARY ELLEN MARK, producer, has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as the New Yorker, LIFE, and New York Times Magazine. She is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Mark has received the Cornell Capa Award, the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant. Among her other awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work.Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award, and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Mary Ellen has published 21 books and her photographs have been exhibited worldwide. She acted as the associate producer of the major motion picture, American Heart (1992), directed by Martin Bell.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP