Los Angeles, June 30, 2011

Paul Giamatti, one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, has joined the cast of the feature, “The Unexpected.”

Based on a short story by Jack London, “The Unexpected” is a dramatic thriller set during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. It tells the tale of a mail order bride who finds herself trapped with her new husband and his three partners during a long and very bloody winter after they’ve struck gold — but only enough to make one of them rich.

The film is being directed by Tom Putnam whose previous feature (as director and producer) “Red White Black & Blue” was lauded by Variety for its “unerring visual acumen” and ability to reveal the psychological scars of warfare.

Putnam will also produce “The Unexpected” alongside Kevin Ragsdale (“Vamps,” “Big River Man”) and Jeff Malmberg who was recently awarded the HBO Emerging Artist Award for his directorial debut, the feature-length documentary “Marwencol.”

Other crew includes casting director, Paul Weber (“Spartacus”). Additional cast will be announced shortly.

Independent Spirit Awards Announce Nominees

Los Angeles. November 30, 2010

Eva Mendes andeva-mendes-81 Jeremy Renner were on hand to announce this year’s nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the prizes traditionally handed out the night before the Academy Awards and recognizing the independent films that might be too small, weird or generally out-there for Oscar attention.

We were happy to see Jeff Malmberg’s documentary, “Marwencol” get nominated, a film we wrote about here on Hollywood Revealed some months ago. Conspicuously missing from the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress list is Julianne Moore. While “The King’s Speech” got a nomination as Best Foreign Film, it got ignored as Best Screenplay, with no love for it’s leads Jeffrey Rush, Colin Firth or Helena Bonham Carter.

Here is a complete list of nominees.

The winners will be announced in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will air exclusively on IFC on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime

Everything Strange and New
Get Low
Night Catches Us
The Last Exorcism
Tiny Furniture

Diane Bell, Obselidia
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler, Lovely, Still
Bob Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

Daddy Longlegs
Lovers of Hate
The Exploding Girl

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig, Greenberg
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
James Franco, 127 Hours
John C. Reilly, Cyrus
Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney, Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
Bill Murray, Get Low
John Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Adam Kimmel, Never Let Me Go
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Jody Lee Lipes, Tiny Furniture
Michael McDonough, Winter’s Bone
Harris Savides, Greenberg

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Thunder Soul

Mademoiselle Chambon
Of Gods and Men
The King’s Speech
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Hossein Keshavarz, Dog Sweat
Laurel Nakadate, The Wolf Knife
Mike Ott, Littlerock

In-Ah Lee, Au Revoir Taipei
Adele Romanski, The Myth of the American Sleepover
Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff

Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sweetgrass
Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol
Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Summer Pasture

Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele

Documentary Film Asks “What is Reality”

Director Jeff Malmberg’s Fascinating Look at One Man’s Fantasy World

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar in Kingston, NY, by five men who beat him literally to death. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him.  When he emerged from his coma nine days after the attack he could barely walk, speak or remember anything from his previous life.  Less than a year later, Mark’s state-supported physical, cognitive and occupational therapies ran out. He was 38, broke, living in a trailer and unable to work. And he was angry.  He realized he had two choices: he could give up and “let those five guys win,” or he could take control of his own recovery.

Mark started to look through his old journals to piece together his life.  Some of what he found was upsetting – he’d been a mean alcoholic who drove away his first wife, Anastasia. But he also discovered a talent for art and an old love of models and toy soldiers.  And that is where Marwencol was born.

Marwencol is a fictional World War II-era town somewhere in Belgium (but actually located in Mark’s backyard). It’s a sort of 1/6th scale demilitarized zone, populated with both Nazi and Allied forces, all of whom must abide by the town’s one rule: inside the walls of Marwencol, they must all get along.

Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Jeff Malmberg has just completed principal photography on MARWENCOL, telling the story of Mark and his fantasy world.

“At first glance, Mark could be easily judged as hermetic and creepy”, says Malmberg. “He’s a 46-year-old man who spends his days playing with dolls and not speaking to anyone. My goal is to turn this snap judgment on its ear.  I want to blur that clear line of rational thought by making the audience an active participant in Mark’s recovery and artistic journey. Who’s to say that Mark’s constructed reality is any less valid than most people’s “real world”?  Immersed in Marwencol, an audience may find more love, pain, and feeling than in their actual lives.”
As Mark developed stories in the fictional town of Marwencol, he started documenting them through photography. What could have been flat tableaus were transformed through Mark’s artistic eye into rich, cinematic scenes that deftly hid the imperfections of the dolls and brought the plastic figures to life. In the process, Mark has had to face many of his demons.

Produced by Malmberg, along with Tom Putnam, Chris Shellen, Matt Radecki and Kevin Walsh, this unique documentary focuses on the subjective nature of reality.

“Mark would happily spend the rest of his life in Marwencol if he could.  To us as the audience, that feels like a tragedy. We want him to become a successful artist and to live in the real world” says Malmberg.  “But the real world rejected him, so he decided to create a world of his own. It’s this question – “what is reality?” – that will define whether a viewer sees the film as the tragic tale of an obsessed man or the uplifting resurrection of a gifted artist.”

Watch for this documentary coming to a theater near you soon. To view some of Mark’s artwork, visit