LSIFF: Opening Night

11 11 2010

Last night the 4th annual LSIFF kicked off with the gripping documentary MARWENCOL.

For such a young festival to garner the stars that are coming out the rest of the week its quite an amazing accomplishment.  The staff at LSIFF has really out done themselves this year.  Director Dennis Bishop helped kick off the fest by praising his team.

The volunteers and staff of LSIFF are all extremely nice and helpful.

MARWENCOL was a unique choice to open the festival.  With it being not only a documentary, but a serious (though extremely moving) story on top of that really shows just how bold a choice it was to screen the film.   The website for the film does a great job summing up what the film is about.

“Marwencol” is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, 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.

After the screening I was able to venture to 8.O Bar (that’s eight o  – not eight point o – thanks to the locals for clearing that up for this Dallas boy).  8.O is a Bar in the heart of Sundance Square.

Its the official spot for most of the night-time events and of course where you can catch T-Bone Burnett and Jeff Bridges on Saturday night!!

Keep checking in with PSD as we’ll have more from the fellas above and LSIFF over the next few days and weekend.

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29 01 2011
mariotenorio@sbcglobal.net

Here’s a segment of the 4th Lone Star International Film Festival broadcasted in the Mario Tenorio Show in Youtube Hope You Like it

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