In 2000, five men beat Mark Hogancamp so brutally he was left with no memory.
Besides relearning how to eat, walk and write, Hogancamp imagined a new past
. He built a detailed miniature town where he acts out World War II-era story
lines using dolls. Then, he photographs them. The vignettes follow his alter
ego, Hogie, a pilot who lands near the imaginary Belgian town of Marwencol.
"On Second Thought" guest David Naugle, an Atlanta-based photographer and
director, first encouraged Hogancamp to share those realistic photos beyond
his small, upstate New York town. That led to an art magazine publication,
gallery shows, the documentary "Marwencol" and now, "Welcome to Marwen," a
Hollywood film starring Steve Carell as Hogancamp. It opens in theaters
across the country Dec. 21.