My husband and I like to watch a lot of documentaries on Neflix streaming–possibly one of the best things about Netflix is the easy access to a plethora of educational and thought provoking material that, in the age of video/dvd rental stores, you just never had. So, here are some of the awesome documentaries I think everyone, especially writers, need to watch:
This one I was introduced to by my best friend, Sarah Diemer. The documentary discusses the importance of myth and metaphor for the growth and development of the human mind and heart, and the trouble with taking myths too literally. A combination of philosophical and psychological discussion, as well as a kick-ass animation with the voices of Mark Hamill and Tim Curry, this is a great film for anyone who has ever been moved by a work of fiction.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
This movie. THIS MOVIE. Holy cow this movie. I’m a former Anthropology major, a major I chose specifically because I thought it would provide inspiration for writing (which it totally did, and the fantasy books I’m working on were inspired by my Anthropology of Religion class). So maybe this movie is more interesting to me because I have a love/fascination with the creative and spiritual mind of early man. But for the love of all that is good, give this movie a try. Seemingly a documentary about the (at the time) oldest existing home to our caveman ancestors, it’s also a look at how prehistoric man had the same desire as we do, to understand the world through stories. At least, that’s part of what I got out of it. Just watch it.
From the website:
“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.