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THE THIEF COLLECTOR

Allison Otto
US 2022    95'
⚬ Arts & Culture ⚬ Crime & Investigative 

Synopsis

It was one of the most audacious and puzzling art thefts of a generation; In 1985, Willem de Kooning's seminal work, "Woman Ochre,” was sliced from its frame and stolen from the walls of an Arizona art museum, disappearing into the desert. Over thirty years later, in a remote town in New Mexico, the $160 million dollar painting was rediscovered in the unlikeliest of places.

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“an art-heist documentary with an ‘Oh. My. God.’ factor” - Variety

“a delightful exploration of the intersection between fact and fiction” - The Playlist

Credits

Director

Allison Otto

Producers

Caryn Capotosto, Jill Howerton, Joshua Kunau

Executive Producers

Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett, Tony Hsieh, Andy Hsieh, Justin Lacob, John Boccardo, Derek Esplin

Co-Executive Producers

Shizuka Asakawa, Kathleen L'Esperance

Co-Producers

Heath Cullens, Mary Kay Cook

Production Company

XTR

Co-Production Companies 

Roots Productions, Museum & Crane, Diamond Docs

Writers

Mark Monroe, Nick Andert

Editor

Nick Andert

Cinematography 

Rod Hassler, Matt Ryan

Music 

Daniel Wohl

Festivals

SXSW 2022

Hot Docs 2022

Haifa IFF 2022

Film Details

Runtime 95'
Spoken Languages English
Production Countries USA

Biography

Allison Otto is an Emmy winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual journalist. Her documentary short, THE LOVE BUGS (2019), was awarded Best Short Documentary in the 42nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards after screening on POV Shorts Season 3. The film was also shortlisted for a 2019 International Documentary Association Award and is touring globally with the American Film Showcase. Allison is a 2019 recipient of the SFFILM Catapult Film Fellowship, a 2018 and 2011 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment grant recipient, and a 2018 Roy W. Dean grant winner. Her journalism clients have included National Geographic, BBC America, NBC, the Sierra Club, Travel Channel, Atlas Obscura, and Lonely Planet. Her first feature-length documentary, THE THIEF COLLECTOR, is premiering in the Feature Documentary competition at SXSW 2022.

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