Cable subscribers don’t usually look to the Discovery Channel for a hard-edged look at homeless squatters who camp out in the recesses of subway tunnels beneath the streets of New York.
But the network has scheduled the hourlong docu “The Mole People: Life in the World Below” for primetime in late September. “Mole People” picks up where theatrical docu “Dark Days,” winner of the Audience Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, left off.
“Mole People” “is certainly not your typical Discovery documentary,” said Tim Miller, co-executive producer of the docu for Big Chief Films. Sources say Discovery put up about half of the doc’s $300,000 budget.
Docu deals with four of the estimated 6,000 people who live in the depths under Penn Station, Grand Central Station and other parts of the subway system that the New York Transit Authority has abandoned.
“Dark Days” “went one level below the streets,” Miller said. “We had to go even deeper into the 600 miles of subway tunnels” because over the last few years the city has engineered a big effort to destroy the below-ground encampments.
Miller said he shot “Mole People” on digital video “to capture the raw reality of life underground.”