Ward 81 Voices: Celebrating Mary Ellen Mark

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Mar 5, 2023 1:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Martin Bell


In her books, exhibitions and editorial work for publications like LIFE, New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) transported her viewers to places rarely seen.

To celebrate the new exhibit, Mary Ellen Mark: Ward 81, at The Image Centre (IMC) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), Hot Docs and the IMC are proud to present Ward 81 Voices, a gripping new documentary about Mark’s time documenting the Oregon State Hospital, a psychiatric facility she first encountered while doing set photography for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Martin Bell (Streetwise), Mark’s husband and longtime collaborator, the film uses audio recordings, archival materials and Mark’s extraordinary photographs to offer a remarkable snapshot of her creative process in action and the humanistic approach and long-term commitment to her subjects that have made Mark’s images landmarks in the field of documentary photography.


Join director Martin Bell and director of The Image Centre Paul Roth for a post-screening conversation exploring the new film and exhibit.

Promotional Partner: PhotoEd Magazine

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