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Marwencol -- After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

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8 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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When his world was stolen, Mark Hogancamp made a world of his own.
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After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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16 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Marwencol (dir. Jeff Malmberg, 2010) See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Mark Hogancamp ... Himself
Emmanuel Nneji ... Himself
Edda Hogancamp ... Herself
Tom Neubauer ... Himself
Julie Swarthout ... Herself
Janet Wikane ... Herself
Mark Wikane ... Himself
Bert ... Himself
Lisa Bruck ... Herrself
Colleen Vargo ... Herself
David Naugle ... Himself
Ruthie Hotaling ... Herself
Tod Lippy ... Himself

Directed by
Jeff Malmberg 
 
Produced by
Jeff Malmberg .... producer
Tom Putnam .... producer
Matt Radecki .... producer
Chris Shellen .... producer
Kevin W. Walsh .... producer (as Kevin Walsh)
 
Original Music by
Ash Black Bufflo 
 
Cinematography by
Jeff Malmberg 
Tom Putnam 
Matt Radecki 
Kevin W. Walsh  (as Kevin Walsh)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Malmberg 
 
Sound Department
Pete Kneser .... sound designer
Pete Kneser .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Naugle .... additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Kaz Brecher .... cut watcher
Brian Hutchings .... colorist
Edwina Lantigua .... cut watcher
Chris Mortensen .... cut watcher
Kate O'Brien-Clarke .... cut watcher
Dan O'Connor .... cut watcher
Lori Putnam .... cut watcher
Amy Himsel Radecki .... cut watcher
Mark Rowland .... cut watcher
Teri Shellen .... cut watcher
Naomi Spiro .... cut watcher
 
Music Department
Annie Lin .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Peter Grant .... title designer
Andrew Herwitz .... world film sales: The Film Sales Company
Lesley Langs .... equipment loans
Robert Williams .... equipment loans
 
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Tod Lippy .... very special thanks
 

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USA:83 min
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For the film's premiere Mark prepared a story line including the delivery by courier of a 1/6th scale press kit to the village of Marwencol.See more »
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Mark Hogancamp:I was like an elephant left in charge of the peanuts.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Marwencol (dir. Jeff Malmberg, 2010), 23 May 2011
Author: suspiria56 from United Kingdom

As with all the very best documentaries, it's what is implied rather than what is said outright. This brilliantly restrained piece chooses to give subtle information at all the right times, perfectly conveying the emotion attached to its subject matter.

Previous alcoholic, bitter and angry, Mark Hogancamp was left in a coma after he received a savage beating outside a bar by five men. The resulting damage meant that he had also lost a lot of memory from the attack, losing details in his life (including his need for alcohol). Having lost his identity, Mark dealt with his traumas by constructing the titular miniature town of Marwencol, often reenacting scenes from flashes of memory, with toy dolls closely representing people in his life.

Brilliantly paced, we learn of Mark's life, anxieties, and fears, and learn of a lonely, highly intelligent individual, who just does not want any further pain in his life. Thus, retracting from life and society, to live through his doll-town stories.

If the first half is a little labouring in providing information to the viewer, the second half justifies this approach no end, as we compassionately learn of Mark's personality, what makes him comfortable, and the few real loves throughout his life. As well as the reason for the attack that so affected his life.

The film is never judgmental, never dwells on its issues more than others. Scenes of Mark walking a toy jeep 160 miles on his trips to the local stores in order to wear the wheels in and appear authentic, prove to be highly endearing rather than seem odd or snigger-inducing. When Mark's constructions are later discovered as works of art, he struggles with his preparation for a New York exhibition of his constructions and photography. Yet clearly his honesty and integrity have a strong effect on the people he encounters there. What we are left with in the end is an honest portrait of a man overcoming his life's traumas. Therapy through art, in the most dignified and humble of ways.

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