ART AND CRAFT
(USA, 2014, 89 mins)
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Sam Cullman
Director/Producer: Jennifer Grausman
Co-Director/Editor: Mark Becker
Executive Producers: Catapult Film Fund – Lisa Kleiner Chanoff & Bonni Cohen
Executive Producers: Motto Pictures – Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements & Carolyn Hepburn
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.
ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community and purpose.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / CINEMATOGRAPHER
Sam Cullman co-directed, shot and produced the Oscar®-nominated documentary, IF A TREE FALLS and was a Producer and Director of Photography on the Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning THE HOUSE I LIVE IN. Previously, his camerawork appeared in dozens of documentaries including KING CORN and WHY WE FIGHT.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Jennifer Grausman recently completed directing and producing the feature documentary ART AND CRAFT, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories for theatrical distribution. She also directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary, PRESSURE COOKER (2008). The film garnered awards from festivals across the country including a Special Jury Commendation at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Grausman also co-produced Eric Mendelsohn’s feature, 3 BACKYARDS (2009), which won Best Director at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, she produced six short films, including Suzi Yoonessi’s DEAR LEMON LIMA (2007), and Joan Stein’s SOLIDARITY (2005).
In addition to making films, Grausman was Co-Director of The Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket, MA from 2010 to 2012. A graduate of the MFA film program at Columbia University, Grausman was honored with the 2005 Best Producer Award. Prior to graduate school, she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art. She earned her BFA in Art History at Duke University.
CO-DIRECTOR / EDITOR
Mark Becker produces, directs, shoots and edits documentaries in New York. As a filmmaker, Becker made the acclaimed ROMANTICO, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations (Best Documentary and Truer Than Fiction Award). ROMANTICO was released theatrically in 2006 by Kino International. Becker has edited several documentaries including THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN (winner of an Independent Spirit Award) and CIRCO. He earned a Masters Degree from the Documentary Film Program at Stanford University. meteorfilms.org
Catapult Film Fund – Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Bonni Cohen. Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers with powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. Recent projects include: E-TEAM, THE OVERNIGHTERS, and THE KILL TEAM.
‘Art and Craft’: A forger who did it for love of fooling experts
—Tirdad Derakhshani, The Inquirer
A Master of Art Forgery Eludes Dogged Local Tracker
—TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati City Beat
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—William Goss, Austin Chronicle
Movie review-Excellent ‘Art & Craft’ follows art forger
—Edwin Arnaudin, Citizen Times
‘Art’ paints unique picture of forger
—Nikki Chase, The Boston Herald
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—Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
‘Art and Craft’ movie review: Making forgeries, but few friends
—Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
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—Asha Sheshadri, Tiny Mix Tapes
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—Cheryl Eddy, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Art and Craft”: Forgeries and the Men Who Love and Hate Them
—Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
Art and Craft’s Trickster Forger is an American Original
—Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
For This Con Artist, No Crime That Pays
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times
‘Art and Craft’ Review: A Riveting Character Study of Art Forger Mark Landis
—Dan Schindel, NONFICS
Movie Review: Art and Craft
—Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft
—Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D., The Huffington Post
‘Art And Craft’ movie review: A fascinating look at art forgery
—Lori Huck, Examiner
‘Art and Craft’: The Curious Case of Mark Landis, Art Forger
—Joe Bendel, Epoch Times
“Rich and fascinating… it’s got a crisp pace and a deadpan playfulness, telling a too-good-to-be-true story with humor and empathy.”
10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival
—Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
“A crowd-pleasing character study that doubles as an art-world detective story.”
Five Films Worth Catching at the Tribeca Film Festival
—Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
“Jaunty and engaging, an expertly crafted mystery.”
Tribeca Film Festival 2014: ‘All About Ann’ + ‘Art and Craft’
—Chris Barsanti, Pop Matters
Meet Mark Landis, one of America’s most prolific art forgers.
—John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter