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In the Realms of the Unreal -- A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

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29 March 2008 (Japan) See more »
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A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A Strange Documentary About An Even-Stranger Person See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Larry Pine ... Henry Darger (voice)

Dakota Fanning ... Narrator / Vivian Girls (voice)
Frier McCollister ... Additional Voice (voice)

Wally Wingert ... Additional Voice (voice)
Janice Hong ... Additional Voice (voice)
Ruby McCollister ... Additional Voice (voice)
Paul Robert Langdon ... Additional Voice (voice)
Mary O'Donnell ... Herself - Neighbor
Kiyoko Lerner ... Herself - Landlady
Mary Rooney ... Herself - Parish Bookkeeper
David Berglund ... Himself - Neighbor
Regina Waters ... Herself - Neighbor
Mark Waters ... Himself - Neighbor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Darger ... Himself (photos)

Directed by
Jessica Yu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Darger  writings
Jessica Yu 

Produced by
Ellin Baumel .... line producer
Karen Carter .... associate producer
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer
Joan Huang .... co-producer
Cara Mertes .... executive producer
Kara Vallow .... animation producer
Susan West .... producer
Jessica Yu .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
 
Film Editing by
Jessica Yu 
 
Casting by
Linda Lamontagne 
 
Art Department
Henry Darger .... artwork
Eric Koenig .... storyboard artist
Aurian Redson .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Jeff Beal .... sound recordist: Many Rooms Music
Stephanie Brown .... supervising sound editor
Rick Ellis .... sound recording engineer
Paul Hackner .... re-recording engineer
Matt Hedges .... sound facility coordinator
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Eddie Kim .... sound designer
Tomas Marsh .... sound recording engineer
Del Martin .... re-recording engineer
Eryne Prine .... foley supervisor
Matt Hedges .... sound editorial coordinator (uncredited)
Eryne Prine .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... cinematographer: New York (as Michael Barrow)
Tim Bieber .... director of photography: Chicago
Lamar Bloodworth .... gaffer
Joe Brady .... assistant camera
Osa Elmfors .... assistant camera
Ron Forsythe .... key grip
Bill Frye .... grip
Marlene Haegele .... second assistant camera
Shana Hagan .... director of photography: Los Angeles
T.S. Hale .... grip
Russell Harper .... director of photography: Chicago
Wesley Hicks .... additional camera operator
Darren Kasmir .... gaffer
Harry Lapham .... key grip
Juliet Lofaro .... still photographer
Guy Moeller .... grip
Ryan Puckett .... grip
 
Animation Department
Andrew Brandou .... animator
Britt Ehringer .... animator
Peter Ehrlich .... animator
Matthew Gadbois .... animator
Meher Gourjian .... animator
Tom Kanchanapinyokul .... animator
Eric Koenig .... animation storyboard artist
Aurian Redson .... animation storyboard artist
David Wigforss .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Michael Mintz .... color corrector
Thom Whitehead .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Joan Beal .... conductor: choir
 
Other crew
Bill Abrams .... legal counsel: Abrams, Garfinkel & Rosen LLP
David Beall .... cleanup artist
David Berglund .... photos of Henry Darger courtesy of
Scott Marvel Cassidy .... book art sequences
Denise Chavez .... cleanup artist
Cynthia DeLaney Gorman .... marketing and sales
Jake Delman .... production assistant
Amy Dorn .... production assistant
Ron Forsythe .... researcher
Tony Haske .... production assistant
Rachel Katz-Atkin .... production assistant
Kiyoko Lerner .... Henry Darger's artwork and writings used by permission of
Kiyoko Lerner .... consultant
Kiyoko Lerner .... photos of Henry Darger courtesy of
Eric Lusk .... cleanup artist (as Erik Lusk)
Lisa Masseur .... production assistant
Mark Masseur .... production assistant
Rodd Miller .... cleanup artist
Christopher Nguyen .... production assistant
Elise Pearlstein .... researcher
Katherine Pitts .... operations manager
Larry Powell .... production assistant
Andrea Sausen .... production assistant
Kris Scheiffele .... researcher
Armando Nieto Soto III .... cleanup artist (as Armando Soto)
Joe Vaux .... cleanup artist
Chris Ware .... title art
Thom Whitehead .... digital transfers
Martin Yu .... animated website
 
Thanks
Brooke Anderson .... thanks
David Berglund .... special thanks
Karen Carter .... thanks
Loretta Jeneski .... thanks (as Loretta Janeski)
Dao Le .... thanks
Kiyoko Lerner .... special thanks
Claudine Magre .... thanks
Mary O'Donnell .... special thanks
David Obermeyer .... thanks
Mary Rooney .... special thanks
Ted Shen .... thanks
Trixie .... thanks
Marc Waters .... special thanks
Regina Waters .... special thanks
Sydney Wilkinson .... thanks
 

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Title Card:After Darger's death in 1973, the Lerners decided to share their discovery of his work, preserving his room and its contents.
Title Card:Since then, Henry Darger's work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. His art has inspired the creation of paintings, poetry, music, and works in theatre, dance, and opera.
Title Card:The room was dismantled in 2000.
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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Strange Documentary About An Even-Stranger Person, 5 December 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is a very, very strange story and even a different kind of documentary. From what I could see here, scanning the reviews, most of them were not favorable toward this.

Myself, I found it slow in the first but more and more fascinating as it went on. It's just so bizarre, it's hard to know what to think as you watch this. When it was over, I found I was glad I took a chance on this DVD and will watch it again. But - it's not a happy experience.....and it is a bit haunting.

I would just comment on a few things: 1 - I agree that, considering the subject matter and strange character (Henry Darger) whom this is about, this documentary should have been more interesting; 2 - I did not object to the artwork coming to life on occasion. It added badly-needed interest to the presentation. You never quite knew what you were going to see next, and I liked that; 3 - I enjoyed the two main voices, those of Larry Pine and Dakota Fanning. Pine voiced Darger as an adult and Fanning was the narrator and represented the Vivian Girls. Although young for this kind of role and vocabulary, Fanning is an exceptional young actress and seems to handle to everything well. Both did an outstanding job and the two complemented each other nicely, too.

4 - I disagree with those who assumed Darger had no idea the physical difference between men and women, which is why he drew penises on the little girls. Come on - how naive can you be? Everyone - even shut-ins - knows the difference, whether one is celibate his/her own life or not. People see nudity throughout their life, even in the most innocent of places such as statues in public parks, museums, galleries, almost anywhere. He knew. Lord knows why he drew what he drew but let that remain his business. 5 - The more one listens to this account, the more insane Darger appears. I wasn't totally sure of that until he went into his "weather" phase. Holy smokes, this man had problems! It's sad, in a way, and is a prime example of how much an imprint your childhood has on the rest of your life. With a "normal" childhood, with a loving mother and father, would Henry have been a "normal" adult?

Anyway, I found his book - from what Dakota and the others read from it - somewhat boring and definitely depressing, to be frank. To me, in addition to being immense adventure story it is, it was just as much - if not more - simply a long diary of man wrestling with his tortured soul.

Definitely recommended, but know what you're in for.

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