Marc Singer's 'Dark Days' -- a fascinating documentary about a group of homeless people living in the underground tunnels of New York City -- won over Sundance during its 2000 premiere. The film took home the documentary Audience, Cinematography and Freedom Of Expression Awards -- and will now be seen by a whole new audience this summer. Oscilloscope Laboratories -- who recently released Banksy's 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' on DVD/Blu -- are re-mastering the movie for a New York theatrical release, with plans for a July DVD/digital platform issue as well.
The Freedom Tunnel -- a stretch of underground below Riverside Park in Manhattan -- has been a safe haven for graffiti artists to create for years. Singer, however, shed light on an entire community who call the underground railway their home. The filmmaker initially took up camp with the group and later on set out to make his film in order to help the residents find better housing (which he eventually secured). They became the film's crew, learning how to use equipment while taking a turn in front of the camera to share their story. DJ Shadow's haunting soundtrack helped set the tone for the grainy black-and-white feature.
Oddly enough, 'Dark Days' has been out of circulation, which is why Singer approached Oscilloscope who were more than happy to pick it up for distribution. "People are going to want to watch it and re-discover it," Oscilloscope partner David Fenkel said. "It's fun to bring it back into the conversation." Apart from its NY theatrical run, 'Dark Days' will also be playing museums, schools and art houses.
Check out some of Oscilloscope Laboratories' other great features after the jump.
Here are five flicks from Oscilloscope Laboratories -- launched by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch in 2008 -- you should get acquainted with immediately.
'Exit Through the Gift Shop'
From Kevin Kelly's review:
"While the journey from Terry to Mr. Brainwash is fascinating, it's the brief peeks into Banksy's art that were the most intriguing."
'Wendy and Lucy'
From Kim Voynar's review:
"Reichardt is a rarity, even among independent filmmakers; she excels at capturing these small, very human moments in the overall stories of her character's lives, bringing them to life with a restraint and beauty that many an A-list director could learn from."
From Erik Davis' review:
"You will cry. You will hurt -- and this film will sit with you for days, weeks, months. But you will come away believing in people. Believing that even where there is evil, there is also a tremendous amount of good."
'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale'
From Jason Murphy's review:
"With a healthy dash of Joe Dante, the film doesn't take itself to seriously and easily becomes one of the standout films of the festival."
'I Knew It Was You'
From Scott Weinberg's review:
"Featuring extensive movie clips of Cazale's best moments, and packed with fantastic interview segments, I Knew It Was You (the title is a line from The Godfather Part 2, of course) is a long overdue retrospective on one of the best actors of the 1970s -- and while the short film will undoubtedly appeal to those who already know and love Mr. Cazale, it also works as an excellent introduction to a performer that every film fan should get to know."