ELMIRA, NY – Park Church Meaningful Movies and Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler invite you to screen the documentary, TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, which addresses the issues of homelessness, addiction, and intergenerational poverty. A brief panel discussion will follow. If you are able, we invite you to bring one of the following items to donate: men’s winter gloves/hats, cereal, or bus tokens for distribution during the local street outreach to homeless persons (Annual Point in Time Count) by Catholic Charities on January 25.
TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell is a follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated film Streetwise. TINY provides an unflinching depiction of intergenerational poverty and the long-lasting impact of homelessness and addiction. In 1984, director Martin Bell and acclaimed documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark spent over a year documenting the lives of homeless children living on the streets of Seattle. Mary Ellen and Martin continued filming on and off with one of the film’s characters, Erin (a.k.a. Tiny), for the next 32 years, as Erin battled drug addiction and became a mother to 10 children, half of whom ended up in the foster care system.
The filmmakers’ hope is that the film will be a valuable tool for energizing efforts to end homelessness in America and engaging local stakeholders in challenging conversations about poverty. Discussion will follow with ideas for advocacy and action on a local level.
More information, including the official trailer, can be found here. This documentary is part of a larger effort to give a voice to those in poverty through a grassroots campaign. You are invited to learn more about “Voices of Poverty” by attending the movie or visiting us online. You will hear real people tell their stories and learn how you can get involved. Catholic Charities is deeply appreciative for all of the support that provides help and hope to thousands of people each year in Chemung and Schuyler Counties.