)OUTSIDERS( film series: Marwencol

10/07/2012

Contributed by Mara Baldwin

The Handwerker Gallery is pleased to be screening Marwencol as the second event of the )OUTSIDERS( film series, introduced by Arturo Sinclair, faculty from the Department of Television and Radio. Sinclair’s interests include robotics & animatronics, augmented reality, and bridging the virtual with the real world. The film will be shown on Tuesday, October 9, at 5.00 p.m..  This event is absolutely free with light refreshments available!

Marwencol is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp. After surviving a brain-damaging coma induced by a brutal bar attack, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs "Marwencol" with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark's homemade therapy is deemed "art", forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he's avoided since the attack.

To see a trailer and find out more about the film, check out the website: http://www.marwencol.com/

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Mara Baldwin at 607.274.3548 or mbaldwin@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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