Art and Craft
Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans 30 years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes fifteenth-century icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. 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.
After duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.
Art and Craftstarts 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.
“Perversely satisfying… The art world deserves him.” —Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Cinematographer: Sam Cullman
Editor: Mark Becker
Music: Stephen Ulrich
Cast: Mark Landis
Running Time: 89 minutes