Dir. Marc Singer
On DVD 07/19/11
For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. DARK DAYS explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world, unearthing a way of life unimaginable to those above. Through stories simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, intimate, and off the cuff, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground.
Filmed in striking black and white with a crew comprised of the tunnel’s inhabitants and scored by legendary turntablist DJ Shadow (Endtroducing…), DARK DAYS remains a soulful and enduring document of life on the fringe.
Marc Singer is an English documentary filmmaker. He was born and raised in London, England and moved to Florida, United States, when he was 16. After graduating high school, he moved to New York City.
Singer's first film Dark Days, about a homeless community living in the tunnels underneath New York, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Award, Cinematography Award, and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 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 IFP. Glowing reviews called the documentary “an extraordinarily powerful film,” “intimate, engrossing and at moments, even surprisingly funny.” The film was placed on many reviewers’ best films of 2000 lists.
Directed by Marc Singer Produced by Marc Singer Co-produced by Ben Freedman Edited by Melissa Neidich Music by DJ Shadow
Dark Days – all-new digital transfer from original 35 mm telecine
Audio commentary with director Marc Singer
English subtitles for the hearing impaired
The Making of Dark Days (2000) – interviews with Marc Singer, DJ Shadow, and others
The Tunnel Today – director Marc Singer revisits the tunnel in 2011
Fragile Dwelling – an all new photo essay featuring photographs by Margaret Morton
Dark Days Design – a look at the typography with title designer Jay Hillyer
Life After the Tunnel – an update on the characters
Introduction with former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Q&A with Singer and Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless Mary E. Brosnahan at the Maysles Cinema in 2011
Original theatrical trailer
Deleted scenes with notes by Marc Singer
With an exclusive essay by film critic Kenneth Turan
Catalog Number: OSC-036