Genre: Documentary, Biography
Runtime: 77 min.
Director: Jeremy Workman
Producer: Jeremy Workman
Website : Magical Universe Film
MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Albert Nickerson Carbee — an elderly, eccentric artist living in a ramshackle converted barn in the fading town of Saco, Maine. Al spends each and every day alone in his cavernous home creating elaborate photographs and collage art — most of which feature Barbie Dolls in provocative yet complex dioramas. Few have seen Al’s unique art. Even fewer have met Al himself.
When New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman and his girlfriend Astrid arrive on Al’s doorstep for an unplanned visit in the late 1990’s, the stage is set for the beginning of a strange and wondrous decade-long friendship between Al and Jeremy, an unlikely pairing in which the filmmaker goes on to become the reclusive Carbee’s closest friend and his only link to the outside world.
MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a feature-length documentary about Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle. Its story is explored through the prism of Al’s strange but intensely devoted friendship with Jeremy and Astrid, with whom his bond is just as passionate as the one he has made with his art.
Filmed for over a decade with over a dozen different cameras, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is, at its core 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 when Carbee’s Barbies are briefly revealed to the world.
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