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Marwencol

Mark Hogancamp is the master behind an elaborate fantasy world we can follow in pictures and video.
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark Hogancamp built a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populated the town he dubbed "Marwencol" with dolls representing his friends and family and created life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helped Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds from the attack. Through his homemade therapy, Mark was able to begin the long journey back into the "real world", both physically and emotionally - something he continues to struggle with today.

A documentary about Marwencol premiered Saturday at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. http://www.marwencol.com/ -via Metafilter

I heard about this guy on an episode of "This American Life." It was heartbreaking to say the least; even moreso when you hear the guy talk and see first-hand how tightly connected he is to this world.
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While what happened to him is very unfortunate, it's good that he found a way to turn it all around and channel it into something creative and beautiful that he can share with us all.
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