USA, 2010, 84 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art/Filmmaking, Biographical, Crime, Documentary, Medical/Health
Plays Tuesday, April 23rd at 7pm as part of our Double Exposure film series
With an introduction & post film discussion with Melinda Barlow, Ph. D (Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Digital presentation - In 2000 five men beat Mark Hogancamp outside a bar so severely that he nearly died. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, Mark decided to create his own. In his backyard, he built Marwencol (named for Mark/Wendy/Colleen), a one-sixth scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family and even his attackers. He used the small dolls and props to redevelop his hand-eye coordination, while he dealt with the psychic wounds from his attack through the town’s many battles and dramas. He developed an elaborate fantasy life for the world of Marwencol and took photographs of the dramatic scenes, which were eventually discovered and published in an art magazine. His homemade therapy suddenly became “art,” attracting a lot of attention and forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he’d avoided since his attack. A surprising tale of love, secrets, pain and adventure.
Winner of over a dozen awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards & Best Documentary of the Year from Boston Society of Film Critics.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Malmberg
Producer: Jeff Malmberg, Tom Putnam, Matt Radecki, Chris Shellen, Kevin W. Walsh
Editor: Jeff Malmberg
Principal Cast: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp
US Distributor: Cinema Guild
Official Film Website