December Watch List

December has been a light watch month with holidays taking precedence over anything else. We have been on a documentary kick lately, watching flicks about orca whales making friends in the wild, broke athletes, and the fall from grace of a timeshare mogul. I recently started watching HBO’s new series Getting On. I love Niecy Nash and think she makes the show. We’ll likely check out HBO’s other new series, Looking, launching in January. I did nab the Call the Midwife Christmas special and the Downton Abbey Christmas special, but have yet to watch either. I also need to watch the IT Crowd Manual. Moving in to 2014, Sherlock returns so I’ll definitely been checking out the new season.

Of Dolls and Murder

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is a series of eighteen intricately designed dollhouse-style dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee, a millionaire heiress with an interest in forensic science. She designed detailed scenarios, based on composites of real criminal acts, and presented them physically in miniature.

Website for the upcoming documentary, narrated by John Waters.
The Flickr page for the project should definitely be checked out.

The trailer:

Marwencol

I watched some of season 2 of This American Life yesterday and had to research Marwencol.

Marwencol is a fantasy world created by Mark Hogancamp.

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

A documentary about Mark Hogancamp and his fantasy world, Marwencol, premiered at the South by Southwest festival this year, where it won the award for best documentary. Screenings are taking place now on the west coast.

This :30 clip tells it all. Amazing.

In this clip from the upcoming documentary “MARWENCOL”, Mark explains how he offers his friends a chance to live an alternate life in his fantasy world of Marwencol.