Join our Cafe Cinematique International group as we watch important and provocative films followed by a moderated discussion. The best in international and independent films from all eras find their way to our coffee table.
ART AND CRAFT
SPECIAL PRESENTATION – Two Shows Only!
November 1 – 9:30 pm – Part of the First Look Series
November 2 – 2:00 pm – Get out of the Halifax Art Show traffic and see this great film!
USA – Not Rated
One hour 29 minutes
* Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival 2014
* Official Selection – Hot Docs 2014
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. 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, appreciation, and purpose.
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.
“A crowd-pleasing character study that doubles as an art-world detective story.”
- Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
“Sympathetic yet gently unnerving …”
- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice