Detroit Film Theatre


March 11 & 13, 2011

(USA/2010—directed by Jeff Malmberg)

As the result of a brutal attack outside of a bar a decade ago, Mark Hogancamp suffered brain damage and injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him. Emerging from his coma, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, he decided to create his own by building “Marwencol,” a 1/6th scale town that he populated with dolls representing friends, family and even his attackers. Eventually Mark began photographing his miniature dramas, turning these tiny figures into living, breathing characters in an epic story full of longing, jealousy and revenge – and with his own alter ego as the hero. When a prestigious art gallery discovered Mark’s stunning photos, his homemade therapy suddenly became “Art,” forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world beyond it. One of the year’s most extraordinary documentaries. (83 min.)

“I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol.” –Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.