THE FILM LOT
February 17th, 2007
Boulder, CO — As
of February 2007, Mark David Allen has been arrested 428 times. A homeless man in Newport Beach, Mark is well known by local law enforcement.
Many officers in the area have seen Mark in and out of jail for over twenty years.
in Public by David J. Sperling In Drunk in Public,
Officer David Sperling chronicles the life and arrests of Mark David Allen. Starting as a man with a drinking problem
who’s down on his luck, Mark plans to go to AA for help and to get his life back on track. With in a few hours
Mark is drunk and back in jail. And so it goes as we watch Mark’s life and addiction spiral out of control.
From disappearing and reappearing in Hawaii with no idea how he got there, to stealing clothes from a local laundromat and
defecating on them, Mark is clearly in need of help. And when the local law enforcement tries to get him help, psychologists
let him go saying he’s able to take care of himself. So Mark is back out on the streets and in a matter of hours,
back in jail…ultimately the only place he can call home.
on a variety of formats, over a number of years, the film looks as rough as the subject, but does not detract from it.
Drunk in Public is an incredibly sad look at the effects of alcoholism and
the difficulties of helping a man who doesn’t want to change.
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