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Yu Will Love This Film

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Director Jessica Yu’s presentation at the Art Center conference gave us what we thought was a sneak preview of her documentary of outsider artist Henry Darger, “In the Realms of the Unreal.”

Turns out although we’d heard about Darger, we completely missed this release (2004!). Yu described the challenges of bringing Darger’s largely undocumented life to the screen–he was a janitor, impoverished, and wrote and illustrated a 15,000 page fantasy saga featuring a troupe of young girls engaged in an epic religious war. But her choices, including an exquisite animation technique that’s perfect for Darger’s expansive murals, sent us furiously clicking over to Netflix. Trust us: Move to Top of Queue.

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