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"Welcome to Manhattan...
welcome to my place"

Mark Reay introduced the documentary about his life with these first two sentences. He's sitting on the top of the house he lives in or actually... on.

Mark works as streestyle and fashion photographer in New York City one of the biggest Fashion-capitals in the world.
He works with Agencies like Wilhelmina Models or IMG Models, is invited to hip parties and fancy cocktails.

A Suit and button down shirt are his daily attire.
There is only one thing which does not fit the fashionable perfect picture - Mark is Homeless.

Mark lives on the Rooftops of New York buildings.

Mark looks stunning (52 years old) for his age.
He has a very lively personality and his social skills are a perfect tool to get along with - and needed - to be able to work in an industry like fashion.

He shoots for Magazines like ELLE Korea and DAZED AND CONFUSED.

I kinda thought that his documentary by Thomas Wirthensohn will show how this industry literally does not pay one dollar to photographers and models and is exploitative to the people working for them in the "first world" as to the people making the actual garments in the "third".
And at first it really does give this kind of impression and i - being a fashion designer myself - was regretting getting a ticket for this film.

I was very happy when i was shown otherwise.

The picture is about a person who used to work as model in the 80s. Kinda still wanting and trying hard to make it big as an actor and takes test photo shoots for "new faces" (young Models) which he claims to also be obsessed with.

But while the movie unrolls and you "get to know" Mark more i aksed myself if there is a bigger picture behind what he clearly is acting and telling the audiance.
Does he have a problem he is not willing to admit?
Can't he handle authorities?
Why is a very good looking man who has a model agency in New York and Munich and has fixed costs a month of 1 200 $ on the street and homeless?

Sorry but i can not buy what he is selling.

Wirthensohn shows a grand Portrait of a shattered dream .


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