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Art and Craft (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The spotlight it shines on an apparently troubled mind may strike some viewers as exploitative, but Art and Craft remains a thoroughly gripping glimpse into the life of a legendary art forger.

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Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it's not so clear that he can. Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect - feeding what he now understands as an outright "addiction to philanthropy." ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity. What emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. (C) Oscilloscope

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A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man.

October 31, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's the kind of story a filmmaker dreams of - and yet, "Art and Craft" leaves the viewer uneasy.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
Seattle Times
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Perhaps the year's most delightfully charming documentary.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, the directors of "Art and Craft," have themselves an enticing subject in Landis's activities. They do not have an enticing subject in Landis himself.

October 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Directors Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman maintain a bright tone and a melancholy undercurrent, which combine in an eminently watchable character study.

October 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Wonderful and not a little sad.

October 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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