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Chills

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | October 12, 2010 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | October 12, 2010 |


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When I started watching this trailer, I at first didn't know whether to laugh (GI Joeworld?), cry (beating story) or be both astonished and bewildered (by the whole thing). So I just went with the full body chills I had going.

Mark Hogancamp was an illustrator and a drunk who in 2000, was brutally beaten at a local bar by five men. He awoke from a coma nine days later, with much of his memory, talent and desire for alcohol gone. His creativity miraculously remained. Hogancamp began building a world filled with what memories he did have - that imagined world, populated by both fictional characters and real people he has known (including his attackers), is Marwencol. It is a fictional World War II town rendered in miniature, built with scraps and then photographed by its creator. Hogancamp then used the photos to create slide shows meant purely for his own entertainment and therapy, but when a neighbor (also a photographer) observed Hogancamp in the process of creating, that audience began to grow. The result is this award-winning documentary by Jeff Malmberg and if you don't get chills watching the trailer, by Godtopus you just ain't human.



Marwencol began showing October 8, 2010 in limited release. You can find more information here



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