With intimate and unprecedented access, this film tells the story of one of the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history.
Henry Darger transcended social isolation and poverty by creating his own world through art.
Jessica Lingman Yu is an American film director, writer, producer, and editor. She has worked on documentaries, dramatic films, and television shows. Yu won a 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.
Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, outsider artist Henry Darger moved through life virtually unnoticed. But after his death, a treasure trove was discovered in his one-room Chicago apartment: a staggering 15,000-page novel and hundreds of illustrations that continue to inspire artists around the world. With dreamlike animation, poignant narration by Dakota Fanning, and a haunting musical score, Academy Award-winner Jessica Yu fashions a bold and beautiful film. In the Realms of the Unreal immerses us in Darger’s startling universe of innocence and pain, showing how he forged magic out of the bleakest of lives.