Hot Docs 2014: Art and Craft Review

Art and Craft

Art and Craft

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A wildly different and highly amusing kind of cat and mouse film, Art and Craft follows the overlapping timelines of a not so dangerous, but assuredly deceitful art forger and one overly obsessive investigator and former registrar that’s determined to take him down.

Quiet, unassuming, and mentally challenged Mark Landis from Laurel, Mississippi has a photographic memory and idolizes former TV pulp icon Simon Templar. For years Landis has made reproductions of famous works of art and has duped 46 museums in 26 states into accepting his works as gifts with no money exchanging hands whatsoever. He’s forged everyone from Picasso to Charles Schultz. Matt Leininger, a Cincinnati family man, former art expert, and full time obsessive, has turned his brief encounter to stop Landis and his numerous aliases as if his name were Thomas Crown.

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This isn’t a flashy movie, but the subjects are rich and enthralling. Their situations are equally bits humorous, aggravating, sad, and most importantly, human. There’s a lived in and loving quality to Art and Craft that’s akin to an old school paperback bestseller, but it’s also a film unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s a genuine original. (Andrew Parker)

Screens

Tuesday, April 29th, Scotiabank 3, 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 30th, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 11:59pm

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Saturday, May 3rd, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 4:00pm

Sunday, May 4th, The Revue, 11:00am

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