Over the weekend Tanya and I drove up to the Aspen Film Festival. We stayed overnight in Frisco and then in Glenwood Springs on the way back. It was a lot of fun and beautiful drive.
One film in particular I found really interesting is called Marwencol. It’s a documentary about A guy named Mark Hogancamp who got attacked and beaten by a bunch of punks at a bar. They beat him so bad he was in a coma for a while and ended up with brain damage. When he finally recovered from all this he still couldn’t drive or hold a full time job so ‘I guess’ as a form of therapy? (I’m not really sure why he started) but he started building a miniature town behind his house and populated it with GI Joe and Barbie dolls. He would act out different stories and shoot still photos of the action, almost like comic books. It all sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty amazing.
The whole movie really made me think about what it is to be an artist and why we do what we do.
When Mark started working on Marwencol it was just for himself, there was no real reason to do it, outside of his own personal ones. As the movie progresses he actually gets some attention from New York art galleries and you can really feel the struggle of this intensely person thing that he does being put on display for the whole world to see.
It’s a very interesting film and if you get a chance to see it I would defiantly do it.
See you next time
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