Film Screening and Panel Discussion - TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell

TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, film screening
20 Oct 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Harold Prince Theater
Open to the Public
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a special screening of TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, followed by an engaging panel discussion with the filmmaker, who will be joined by experts in film, communication, and many of the difficult social issues raised by the film. The film is 90 minutes in duration, and the discussion that follows will be 30 minutes. RSVP here for your free ticket.

About TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell
Martin Bell’s groundbreaking, Academy Award-nominated 1984 documentary, Streetwise, introduced us to a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Of the unforgettable children featured in Streetwise, none was more charismatic than its beguiling, self-possessed, 13-year-old protagonist Erin Blackwell. Known as “Tiny,” she dreamt of living on a horse farm, of diamonds and jewels, and of having 10 children.

Bell and documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark (MAC '64) continued to regularly photograph and film Tiny for over 30 years, creating what became one of their most significant and long-term projects. Published in 2015, Mark’s book Tiny: Streetwise Revisited takes us through Tiny’s life from age 13 to a middle-aged mother of 10.

Bell’s soon-to-be released documentary film, TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, weaves together 33 years of at-times devastating footage, including never-before-seen sequences from the filming of Streetwise, to intimately chronicle Erin Blackwell’s complex story.

View the official movie trailer here.

Panelists include:
Martin Bell, Director and Producer
Jessa Lingel, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication
Karen Redrobe, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Endowed Professor in Film Studies, Penn Arts & Sciences
Mark Stern, Kenneth L.M. Pray Professor of Social Policy and History, School of Social Policy and Practice
Moderator: Mikaela Beardsley, Executive Director of The What Works Media Project

The screening is co-sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn.

This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.