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February 7, 2014 11:19 AM
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Project of the Day: 'Art and Craft'

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Art and Craft"

Tweetable Logline: When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Elevator Pitch: ART AND CRAFT follows prolific art forger Mark Landis at the very moment his thirty-year ruse is exposed. What at first glance seems like a generous act of philanthropy turns out to be one of the most widespread and unusual cases of deception ever known in the art world.

Production Team

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 directed and produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, Pressure Cooker. Grausman also co-produced 3 Backyards, and produced six short films. Previously she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art.

Co-Director, Editor — Mark Becker produced, directed and edited the Independent Spirit-nominated documentary Romantico, and directed and edited the Emmy-nominated film Pressure Cooker. He has edited several documentaries including The Lost Boys of Sudan and Circo.

Executive Producers — Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Bonni Cohen, Catapult Film Fund
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.

Executive Producers — Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Motto Pictures
Motto Pictures specializes in producing and executive producing documentary features with an eye toward maximizing the position of each project in the domestic and international markets. Recent projects include: God Loves Uganda, A Place at the Table, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Gideon's Army, and Buck.

About the Production: ART AND CRAFT follows the curious case of a prolific art forger who isn't in it for the money, but instead donates his work to museums in memory of his deceased parents. Uncovering what at first glance may seem like the perfect art prank, this unusual story of obsession and understanding opens up a complex set of issues at the intersection of mental health, art and philanthropy.


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10 Comments

  • Deborah | February 10, 2014 10:34 PMReply

    ART AND CRAFT won Project of the Week!!! Be sure to "like" the page on FB to stay in the loop. Just search for: Art and Craft, A feature documentary.

  • Peter Meltzer | February 10, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    I'd vote for art & craft

  • Lola | February 10, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    i vote for art and craft!

  • becky wortman | February 10, 2014 5:31 PMReply

    I vote for art and craft

  • David Danziger | February 10, 2014 4:33 PMReply

    Loved "If A Tree Falls"

  • Cornell Lee | February 10, 2014 3:48 PMReply

    This Is Going To Be Another Classic! Can't Wait! :)

  • LFleming | February 9, 2014 11:49 PMReply

    This film just kind of pulls you into it's orbit, in a way that I like. I want to see more, know more.

  • Marilyn pearl | February 9, 2014 12:51 PMReply

    fabulous. Loved Pressure Cooker and Art and Craftis awesome.

  • Josh | February 9, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    Excellent project! I got a sneak peak at the rough cut, and it blew me away.

  • Robert Jacobs | February 8, 2014 5:51 PMReply

    The story is fascinating...can't wait to see what Sam and Jennifer have done with the film version