Discovering Marwencol


Marwen and Mark Hogancamp by David Naugle
Mark Hogancamp from my visit in June 2014 ©David Naugle


I met Mark Hogancamp when I lived in the rural hamlet of Bloomington, NY in 2004 (population 350). I had seen him walking down the rural state road a number of times riding a bike with WWII regalia or pulling a 1/6 scale military jeep and just pulled over and chatted with him. He was very guarded but eventually opened up to me and shared his world of art, hate, love, pain, and self-rehabilitation through creativity.


Marwencol Marwen and Mark Hogancamp by David Naugle

August 10, 2007 ©David Naugle

Mark Hogancamp of Marwencol - Premiere Night IFC New York

Premiere Showing at IFC – NYC October 8, 2010 ©David Naugle

Official Trailer Marwencol (Documentary) / Jeff Malmberg


I can’t believe it actually happened, Robert Zemeckis saw the doc and wanted to create his own version. 4 Years in the making and now it’s a reality. Mark is super excited about the trailer. I just hope they tell the honest story. Apparently, my discovery was cut so I’m out of the picture – In theaters November 21, 2018



Detail of interior 2014

Snap Judgement 2016- Marwencol



New York Times – “In a Tiny Universe, Room to Heal” – by Penelope Green
Wall Street Journal – “Illustrator’s War Games Prove Restorative” – by Steve Dollar
Psychology Today – “Not Child’s Play” – by Ethan Gilsdorf
Collector’s Weekly – “Hogancamp’s Heroes: How Playing With Dolls Lets a Hate-Crime Survivor Fight Back”
Huffington Post – “When Therapy Becomes Art” – by Jonathan Kim
Los Angeles Times – “The Extraordinary Goings-On in a Town Called Marwencol” – by Mark Olsen
Wired Magazine – “Miniature Town Brings Its Creator a New Life” – by Pete Brook
Denver Post – “This Doc(umentary) Has Healing Powers” – by Lisa Kennedy
Austin Chronicle – “Life and Death in Miniature” – by Ashley Moreno
Times Herald-Record – “Personal Tragedy Leads Ulster Man to Unique Art Form” – by Jeremiah Horrigan
Montreal Mirror – “A World in His Backyard” – by Mark Slutsky
Chronogram – “Marwencol: A Fine Belgian Fantasy “
Tonner Magazine -“Marwencol: A film of depth on art, doll collecting, photography and dream” – by Sparrow

Marwen and Mark Hogancamp by David Naugle