And what he did next, well, it's the sort of thing that gets movies starring Steve Carell made about you. Performed by Clyde Lucas and His Orchestra '"—he's never allowed himself even a drop of liquor. On April 8, 2000, a vicious attack stole Mark Hogancamp's memories and left him near death. After waking from a coma with no memories, he developed an extraordinary coping device: he built a … Unable to afford therapy, he sought refuge in Marwencol, a 1:6th-scale World War II-era town that he built in his backyard. Joel Heller ", His secret? For permission to reproduce his artworks, contact Artists Rights Society at or (212) 420-9160. After nine days in a coma, he awoke to find he had no memory of his previous adult life. Written by Johnny Mercer He had to get a new unlisted phone number and cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder whenever a new screening of the film called him out of his Marwencol cocoon. "Except my imagination. The Harrowing, Inspiring True Story of Mark Hogancamp, the Outsider Artist Who Inspired Steve Carell’s New Film Before the movie hits theaters this December, read up on the true-story background of the artist's harrowing life. Jeff produced and edited Red White Black & Blue, which aired on Independent Lens in 2007. With his love for wearing women's shoes returning like some sort of muscle memory—Upon returning home from the hospital, he saw the shoes everywhere and, after being gently reminded that they belonged to him, tried a pair on out of curiosity. He’s the creator of Marwencol, a 1/6 scale, WWII-era Belgian village in which he stages and photographs a complex narrative of Nazi intrigue, lesbian melodrama, and Sgt. He’s the creator of Marwencol, a 1/6 scale, WWII-era Belgian village in which he stages and photographs a complex narrative of Nazi intrigue, lesbian melodrama, and Sgt. "But apparently not. As a result, Hogancamp was in a coma for nine days and spent 43 days recovering at a local hospital. Five guys beat you almost to death. Dan O’Connor Nearly every day, Hogancamp would capture Hogie or, most likely, the women of the town killing the SS men. Follow. On April 8, 2000, a vicious attack stole Mark Hogancamp's memories and left him near death. © 2010 Open Face LLC. Bio American. In his backyard, he built Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family, and even his attackers. A portion from sales of products featuring works in the Mark Hogancamp collection is paid back to the artist. When he eventually left the bar, long after the quintet did, Hogancamp found them waiting outside for him. Inclined to think of the project more as therapy than art, Mark worked for years in obscurity, accumulating thousands of photographs before his unique oeuvre was eventually discovered. © 2020 Independent Television Service (ITVS). "I kept it very secret.". And while the subject hasn't spoken publicly about the finished product just yet, which Zemeckis has emphasized is more interpretation than exact recreation, Hogancamp was kept informed on production every step of the way and, in turn, gave the director updates on how Marwencol continued to evolve. David and Ann Malmberg He only had one thing to day: "I hope Steve Carell has nice legs. He is represented by One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY. "There's only so much we could fit into an 82-minute movie but there's an incredible wealth of information to share," she told Wired that year. Deep in the throes of alcoholism, he'd gone to a local bar call the Anchorage for the evening, where he struck up a conversation with five guys, in the teens and early 20s. Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor The Welcome to Marwen true story confirms that on April 8, 2000, five men jumped then-38-year-old Mark Hogancamp outside of the Luny Tune Saloon in Kingston, New York, after he had informed one of them that he liked to dress in both men's and women's clothing. "The only species on Earth that haven't attacked me are women," he told The Guardian. One Mile Gallery has a new selection of unsigned Marwencol posters and prints available on their site; proceeds benefit Mark. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life. From there, there were gallery shows. He'd learned how to walk again and his hands were shaking less. "I needed help from God," he said. Having had a bit too much to drink, Hogancamp decided to let his new friends in on a secret. "One pair of shoes and I was, 'Oh wow! The events of that fateful April night still remain somewhat of a mystery for Hogancamp. Amy Himsel Radecki Kevin Walsh, Camera Collection Photo Credit: Mark Hogancamp. "The guy said: ‘You have to come up with $157 a month,'" Hogancamp explained. And while the attention might have still been a bit more than he bargained for, at least he felt like he was doing some good. As he told the NYT that year, he ate only one meal a day to save money. "And so he sent five horsemen. Courtesy of MCA Records ", He built a bar, the Ruined Stocking Catfight Club—"the only one in Belgium"—a town hall, a bank, an ice-cream fountain, a cemetery, a gas station. He'd suffered extensive brain damage and would eventually need to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, behave. Movie Info After recovering from a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Mark Hogancamp builds a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard and creates photographic stories of its intrigues.