FLAT SCREENS | film and conversation

FLAT SCREENS is a monthly programme of films curated by Andrea Luka ZImmerma


Flat Screens 3

We are delighted to ask you to join us for tea and home baked cake at the 3rd Flat Screens screening & conversation on

July 13th 7 – 9pm. FREE

Please rsvp as there is limited seating via Studio 75, Hebden Court, and

Looking forward to seeing you!



Selected scenes from PUBLIC HOUSING, Frederick Wiseman, 1997

+ the main feature

DARK DAYS, Marc Singer, 2000

Dark Days is a documentary made by Marc Singer, a British filmmaker. The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so called Freedom Tunnel.

Marc Singer is an English documentary filmmaker. He was born and raised in London, England and moved to Florida, when he was 16. After graduating high school, he moved to New York City.

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 jhailey)

Singer's first film Dark Days, about a homeless community living in the tunnels underneath New York, was awarded The freedom of Expression Award, The Cinematography Award and The Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival of 2000. Dark Days was also awarded Best Documentary/Non-Fiction film of 2000 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary of 2000 from the IPF. Glowing reviews called the documentary “an extraordinarily powerful film,” “intimate, engrossing and at moments, even surprisingly funny” and was placed on many reviewers’ Best Films of 2000 lists. Singer was invited to be a delegate at the University of Colorado annual Conference on World Affairs.

Dark Days was released in 2000, and was nominated for several film festival awards. The film won many of these, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary/Non-fiction film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Senior Programmer's Pick at the SXSW Film Festival Awards, and three Sundance Film Festival awards in 2000: the Audience Award for best documentary, the cinematography award for documentary, and the Freedom of Expression Award.


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