ABOUT HENRY DARGER
TRAILER & CLIPS
"Jessica Yu's elegant new doc IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL is a spry,
creative response to his oceanic talent and claustrophobic life."
-Ed Park, Village Voice
"A thoughtful and inspired exploration of the man's life and leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder about the lives of countless people with unknown talents that deserve recognition."
-John McMurtie, San Francisco Chronicle
In 1973, at a
Catholic poor house in Chicago, an 81-year-old retired janitor quietly died.
His name was Henry Darger. Just months earlier, he had moved from the rented
room where he had lived for over 40 years. When his landlords, Nathan and
Kiyoko Lerner, cleaned out the clutter room, they discovered paintings:
hundreds of brilliant watercolors, some over 10 feet long. The images were
disturbing and mysteriously beautiful: little girls frolicking under stormy
skies, little girls fighting soldiers, little girls being rescued by fantastic
winged creatures. In many images, the girls were drawn naked, with penises.
The landlords soon found the
other half of Dargers lifes work, perhaps the longest novel ever
written: the more than 15,000 page, single-spaced typed In the Realms of the
Unreal, an epic story of the virtuous Vivian girls and their religious war
against the evil Glandelinian army. For most of his life, Henry Darger, a
recluse whom others called Crazy, had lived in this rich fantasy
world. It was a world he had kept to himself.
Today, Henry Darger is considered
to be one of Americas foremost outsider artists: an untaught artist
working in isolation from the commercial or public eye. IN THE REALMS OF THE
UNREAL, an adventurous documentary feature, explores the fantastic vision and
shadowy life of this enigmatic artist.
For information about Henry Darger and his artwork, visit this link