Gradually, as a form of therapy, he began to construct a model town in his back yard. It was called Marwencol, and it was the replica of an imaginary French community during World War II.
Life Acted Out Through Art
As the town and its residents developed, Hogancamp created an ongoing story that sort of became his alternate reality.
Hogancamp photographed all that happened in Marwencol, and created a body of art work that eventually attracted the attention of filmmaker Jeff Malmberg, who began a four year stint of documenting Hogancamp's process for this film.
Hogancamp is a very interesting and talented subject, and Malmberg's profile beautifully captures his character. It is also a fascinating investigation of how identity, memory and creativity are intertwined in artistic endeavor. And, while Hogancamp's situation and predicaments might be representative of what others with traumatic amnesia might experience, his story has some unique twists that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.
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- Title: Marwencol
- Director: Jeff Malmberg
- Release Date: October 8, 2010 (limited)
- Running Time: 83 mins.
- Parents Advisory: Advisory for content
- Location: Kingston, New York
- Language: English
- Distribution Company: Cinema Guild