1572 California Street
San Francisco, California

Acclaimed documentary about the fantasy world of an outsider artist
Starts December 3, 2010 in the Bay Area

DIRECTOR IN PERSON: Jeff Malmberg will speak to audiences at select shows; Saturday December 4: 7:15pm and 9:15pm showings at Lumiere in San Francisco, and Sunday, December 5: 5:40pm and 7:40pm showings at Shattuck in Berkeley.
Tickets available at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and theatre box office.


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. Shot over the course of four years, Jeff Malmberg’s documentary intertwines the dual realities of Mark Hogancamp to tell the whole story of Marwencol – a surprising tale of love, secrets, pain, and adventure.

South by Southwest Film Festival - Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary
Cleveland International Film Festival - Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary
IFFBoston - Special Jury Award - Best Documentary
Hot Docs - HBO Emerging Artist Award
Seattle International Film Festival - Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary
Silverdocs - Cinematic Vision Award
Comic-Con - Best Documentary, Judges' Choice Award (Best Overall Film)
Fantasia International Film Festival - Best Documentary
Woodstock Film Festival - Maverick Award - Best Documentary

“Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.” – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

Critics’ Pick! “Fascinating. An absorbing portrait of an outsider artist.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

The film’s running time is 1 hour and 23 minutes; it is not rated.

Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 267-4893

Also playing at:
Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA (510) 464-5980


Official Website: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=160443857331626

Added by landmark on December 3, 2010

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