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Jeff Malmberg's documentary Marwencol, about outsider artist Mark Hogancamp, opens tonight in Los Angeles and a number of other cities. Check here for yours, more cities rolling out in weeks to come. In LA, Henry Rollins will be hosting the 7:30 show at the Nuart, with filmmaker Jeff Malmberg. I'll be there, too, and hope to see lots of other Boing Boing friends.

The film documents Hogancamp's physical and mental recovery from a brutal beating by five strangers that left him in a coma. When he came out of the coma nine days latery, he was left with brain damage and catastrophic memory loss. Medicaid runs out, and he has no insurance to cover physical or mental health therapy, but he is determined to prevail: he develops a kind of "homemade" therapy, creating an alternate world of dolls called Marwencol.

You can read more about Hogancamp's story here. The LA Weekly has a review here, and LAist has more, and they interviewed the director earlier.

LA folks: if you go tonight or tomorrow (the film's only showing for one week!), you can enter a raffle to win one of Hogancamp's prints. Check out the photo gallery.

In the photo by Mark Hogancamp, below, "Captain Hogancamp marries Anna in front of the hanging SS who had ravaged Marwencol."