Magical Universe
Waterville Opera HouseSat, Jul 13, 2013 12:30 PM Event Date Passed
Film Info
Category:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2013
Runtime:78 min
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jeremy Workman
Producer:Jeremy Workman
Filmed over the course of a decade, Magical Universe is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88-year-old eccentric who spends his days alone in a labyrinthine house (“the biggest barn in Maine”) off Route 1 in Saco. He has devoted over two decades to photographing his beloved Barbie dolls. Carbee's portraits evoke Hollywood studio images and feature elaborate backdrops built by the artist. “Every Barbie is different,” Carbee says. “Every Barbie has a theme. I photograph her so that every situation she’s in, she’ll feel comfortable.” The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative life (professionally trained in portraiture, he worked as a commercial artist, mural painter, photo editor, GoKart salesman, and Photomat employee), explored through the lens of his unlikely friendship with director Jeremy Workman. The filmmaker unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. At its core, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. The film culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man: the day Carbee's Barbies are revealed to the world. A delight–not to be missed!