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Dark Days Details

  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2000
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 21 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Marc Singer
  • Cast:Marc Singer.


Novice filmmaker Marc Singer lived in the bowels of a midtown Manhattan railway station for two years to shoot this harrowing account of the day-to-day existence of the homeless. Shot in noirish black and white, Singer shows how society's discarded and disenfranchised fashion a community of sorts in the sunless labyrinth of the station's transit tunnels. Though told without narration, a dozen or so individual stories emerge. Dee (the sole woman depicted in the film) lost all her children in a house fire while she was high on crack; Ralph remains inconsolable after his five-year old's rape and mutilation during a stint in prison. In the final reel, Amtrak sends in armed police to clean out the tunnels, citing health concerns. However, the subterranean tenets happen upon a stroke of luck, as an NYC social worker discovers a cache of previously unclaimed public housing. Featuring a sparse soundtrack by DJ Shadow, Dark Days won the Grand Jury prize for cinematography, the Freedom of Expression award, and an audience award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:January 27, 2000


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Marc Singer Best Documentary 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Marc Singer Best Documentary 2000 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Marc Singer Cinematography Award: Documentary 2000 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Marc Singer Freedom of Expression Award 2000 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Marc Singer Audience Award 2000 Winner


Marc Singer
Marc Singer
Marc Singer
DJ Shadow
Composer (Music Score)
Melissa Neidich
Ben Freedman
Morton Swinsky
Executive Producer
Paolo Seganti
Executive Producer
Barbara Parks
Sound Editor