Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
Art & Craft
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Art & Craft

Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman

Art & Craft

Perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history.

2014
89 min.
United States
English
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Projeccions

Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
Art & Craft
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
Executive Production
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Christopher Clements, Bonni Cohen, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Co-direction
Mark Becker
Music
Stephen Ulrich
Film editing
Mark Becker
DOP
Sam Cullman
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.

About the direction
Sam Cullman

Sam Cullman

Director

Sam Cullman is a cinematographer, producer and director of documentaries with over a decade of exper...

Jennifer Grausman

Jennifer Grausman

Directora

Jennifer Grausman directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary, PRESSURE COOKER (Par...

Awards and festivals

Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
USA, 2014
Official Selection, Hot Docs
Canada, 2014
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