Directed by Jeff Malmberg
2010, 83 minutes
Please inquire about rentals for your school or library. * A 2011 "Notable Video for Adults" as selected by the American Library Association
* Selected for the 2011 Best Documentaries list by Video Librarian
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked outside of a bar by five men. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn't recognize him. 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, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family and even his attackers. After a few years, Mark started documenting his miniature dramas with his camera. Through Mark's lens, these were no longer dolls - they were living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing and revenge. And he (or rather his alter ego, Captain Hogancamp) was the hero.
When Mark's stunningly realistic photos are discovered by an art magazine, and a prestigious gallery comes calling, his homemade therapy suddenly becomes "art," forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world beyond it.
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Festivals & Awards* Winner, Grand Jury Award, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2010
* Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs, 2010
* Winner, Cinematic Vision Award, Silverdocs, 2010
* Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Seattle Film Festival, 2010
* Winner, Special Jury Award, Boston Film Festival, 2010
* Winner, Grand Jury Award, Cleveland Film Festival, 2010
* Winner, Best Documentary, Fantasia Film Festival, 2010
* Winner, Best Film, Comic-Con, 2010
Reviews"An astounding movie — one of those tales of all-American oddness that just keeps flowering into weirder, richer territory.” - Boston Globe
"A captivating, multi-faceted portrait of Hogancamp and the incredible world he’s created – call it art, therapy, or something in between, you’ve never seen anything like it before.” - Filmmaker Magazine
"The viewing experience is so engaging that it's almost interactive.” - LA Weekly
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