Art and Craft
Presented by: The Hutton Family
Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Country: USA | 2014
Runtime: 89 min
2014 HotDocs Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection
Community Partner: McMaster Department of Psychiatry
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, periods and artists, including 15th-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. Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world.
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.
Panel discussion following the filmModerator – Professor Nick Kates, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
Panelist – Dr. Suzanne Archie, Associate Professor, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
Panelist - Dr. Nadeem Akhtar, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
Panelist – Lance Dingman, Peer Provider, Mental Health Rights Coalition