el Documental del mes May 2015


Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman

2014 89 min.

Original Version with Catalan/Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
    • Executive Producers: Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Christopher Clements, Bonni Cohen, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn
    • Music Composed by: Stephen Ulrich
    • Edited by: Marck Becker
    • Cinematography by: Sam Cullman
    • Suitable for all audiences



Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgersin US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years,covering a wide range of painting styles and periods thatincludes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. Andwhile the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market,Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, agrieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently asa Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over theyears to a staggering list of institutions across the UnitedStates. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenaciousregistrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and setsout to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world,Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museumprofessionals clamoring for him to stop.However, stopping isn’t as simple as it might appear. Landis, itturns out, struggles with mental illness and over the years he’sdeveloped an outright “addiction to philanthropy” as hiselaborate cons offer him the chance to cultivate connection andrespect. Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper,rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but whatemerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal needfor community, appreciation, and purpose.

About direction (Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman)

Sam Cullman is a cinematographer, producer and director ofdocumentaries with well over a decade of experience. He partneredwith director Marshall Curry to co-direct, shoot and produce If aTree Falls (2011) which won the U.S. Documentary Editing Award atthe 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later received an AcademyAward® nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Jennifer Grausman 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 and Best Documentary at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival. In addition to making films, she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Awards & Festivals

  • Tribeca Film Festival. United States, 2014.
  • Hot Docs. Canada 2014.
Tribeca Film Festival – Sección Oficial. EEUU, 2014.
Hot Docs – Sección Oficial. Canadá 2014.