I saw a trailer for a movie that's coming out soon, called "Welcome to Marwen." I was attracted to it primarily because the lead character, played by Steve Carell, uses a vintage Pentax Spotmatic in his photography.
Here's the trailer:
Now, having said that, I did a little digging, because it says "based on a true story," as so many movies do. Well, this one is indeed based on a real story, and in my opinion, it's a gripping one.
Mark Hogancamp is a real person. He lives in New York and he was, by various accounts, a raging alcoholic and a cross-dresser, in addition to being a veteran of the US Navy and a husband with family.
He was in a bar where he expected to find his friends waiting for him (but they had already left) when he met up with and conversed with men who turned out to be (yes, actually) neo-Nazi thugs. They beat him savagely and left him for dead. He lost a great deal, including the ability to work and all memory of his prior life. All memories, gone forever.
He had been a talented if untrained artist during his time in the Navy, and he had kept scrapbooks of his artwork, which he cannot not do.
However, he turned to dolls and doll photography as a way of working out his issues and dealing with his problems, and to support himself when his disability money ran out.
There was a documentary movie made about him:
He also put out a book - I intend to purchase it.
Mark Hogancamp is an amazing person. I am so sorry for what happened to him, so sorry for the evil in the world that thinks what he got was OK.
I just wanted to pass this along. He's a photographer. He's one of us. When the movie comes out, I hope people see it in the right way, and I hope he benefits from it financially so he doesn't have to scrape by. He deserves more than poverty.