People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers ... See full summary »
Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice. Written by
The film was shot on 16mm black and white film stock, not as a creative decision, but because according to Singer, a filmmaker friend had told him, "If you shoot color and you don't know what you're doing, you'll fuck it all up and it will come out looking all green or red." See more »
DARK DAYS (2000) *** First time filmmaker Marc Singer won independent festival accolades for his debut in documentary storytelling with this gritty, heart-felt and all-too real depiction of New York City's homeless community living in the dank, hellish train tunnels of Grand Central Station and their plight of trying to survive day to day with no hope in sight for redemption among the throw-away society the nation has been partaken to. Singer, who actually lived with his subjects for two years, gave up much of his life savings and his own personal lifestyle, employed many of the film's profiled as crew and in the end run split profit sharing as well. Although by the end of the film those depicted are shown with a positive ending throughout the sense of desperation, anger and pain is on full display.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?