STREETWISE is an unflinching look at the lives of young teenagers who have fallen through the cracks of society and landed on the streets. In true cinema-verite fashion, the filmmakers present their dozen or so subjects without comment, letting them brag and bluster and play for the
camera. The end effect, ironically, is a particularly true portrait of American adolescence in general, as it shows itself in the worst possible situations.
In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark published a series of her photographs of Seattle street children in Life magazine. With text by Cheryl McCall, "Streets of the Lost" generated so much attention that Mark and McCall returned to Sea...