"Inside Life Outside"
Video Showing by Sachiko Hamada at Taos Jewish Center
"Inside Life Outside,"
a video documentary about the lives of eight homeless people
who camp in an empty lot in New York Citys Lower East Side
will be shown at the Taos Jewish Center (1335 Gusdorf Rd.),
Monday, December 17th at 7pm. Director Sachiko Hamada will
introduce the film and answer questions.
For 2 ½ years Sachiko Hamada and Scott Sinkler followed
the lives of a group of homeless people squatting in shacks made
from scrap wood and plastic they called Shantytown.
The idea for the film began when Hamada, newly arrived in New
York, walked by Shantytown and became curious about what they
are doing there, and why.
The film has received high praise for its intimate look at homeless
life on the streets of New York. /New York Times/ reviewer, John
J. Connor, called it an incredibly insightful portrayal.
Produced in 1988, "Inside Life Outside" won numerous
awards including USA Film Festival Grand Prize, was invited to
Berlin International Film Festival and Whitney' American Museum's
1989 Biennial, and was broadcast on PBS.
Director Sachiko Hamada came to Taos as a Wurlitzer Fellow, and
is currently the artist-in-residence at the Harwood Museum of
Art. She recently published her first novel, A Forest in
F Minor, a companion to her screenplay, "The Nail
That Sticks Up," which was funded by the National Endowment
for the Arts and the New York Council on the Arts. She will be
reading from her book on Dec. 6 at 7pm at the Harwood Museum.
While in Taos, she is working on a new script.
The Taos Jewish Center is pleased to have the opportunity to
show this film and host a dialogue with Sachiko Hamada. The TJC
will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Taos Coalition to
End Homelessness. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested
donation of $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.