Dark Days is a documentary
about (and filmed by) homeless
people who lived in the Amtrak train tunnel
located in Riverside Park
on the west side
, the director lived with the homeless people for two years. He taught them how to use a black and white film camera and together they devised systems of lights and even a few dollies to create moving shots with high visual and emotional impact. By involving the people he met in the creation process Singer was able to create a more personal and artistic kind of documentary. The people in the film received a share of the profits-- and for a few it was a way to get out of the homeless life
while sharing their story with the world.
I live near riverside park and I've often run over or beside the tunnel
where this movie was filmed. Amtrak has since sealed off most entrances. But to this day people still seek refuge
Some of the graffiti
murals shown in the film such as the Freedom Tunnel
are still in existence.