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ART AND CRAFT

Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman
US 2014    56' 89'
⚬ Arts & Culture 

Synopsis

ART AND CRAFT is the story of the charismatic, complex Mark Landis, perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history. For over 30 years, he's duped curators throughout the country with precise imitations of a vast range of works, from fifteenth century masterpieces to Picasso. His actions are mysterious to many - while he could fetch millions on the open market, he donates his counterfeits for free, going so far as to pose in such guises as a Jesuit priest or a philanthropic donor. Enter Matthew Leininger, a registrar from Cincinnati who was conned by Landis years ago and who has been pursuing him obsessively ever since. What begins as a game of cat-and-mouse between Leininger and Landis eventually turns into something more surprising and complicated, proving once again that truth can be stranger than fiction.

Quotes

"a bracing palate cleanser … perversely satisfying." - The New York Times

"A crowd-pleasing character study that doubles as an art-world detective story." - Wall Street Journal

Credits

Directors

Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman

Co-Director

Mark Becker

Executive Producers

Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Bonni Cohen, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

Production Companies

Purple Parrot Films, Non Sequitur Productions, Yellow Cake Films

Cinematography

Sam Cullman

Editor

Mark Becker

Music

Stephen Ulrich

Festivals

New Zealand IFF 2014

Tribeca 2014

HotDocs 2014

Sheffield 2014

Abu Dhabi FF 2014

Antenna Documentary Festival 2014

True/False 2014

IDFA 2014

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2014

Film Details

Runtime 56' 89'
Spoken Languages English
Production Countries USA

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