About this project
Hello, and welcome!
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, the Hudson River School, and even Picasso. And while his copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis has never been in it for the money. 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. But, when Matthew Leininger, a registrar in Cincinnati, discovers his thirty-year ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.
And yet it’s not so clear that he can. An outsider who craves connection and respect, Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose drive to create and donate forgeries stems from a need to socialize in settings where he’s comfortable and in control. It’s a circumstance he’s come to understand as an outright “addiction to philanthropy.”
Enriched by testimony and scenes featuring health care providers, law enforcement officials, museum professionals, and art historians directly connected to Landis’ story, Art and Craft begins in the early days of Landis’ public discovery and ends in the months after the first public exhibition of his body of work. What starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of originality and authenticity, emerges as an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.
Production of Art and Craft began in February 2011, and since then, the film has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund, Catapult Film Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and NYSCA, among others. We just completed the edit and are now looking for funding to finish the film.
We need to raise at least $48,250 to fund the sound mix/edit, the film score (by the stellar Stephen Ulrich), graphics, and travel expenses to our festival premiere for Mark Landis.
Below is budget breakdown that outlines our overall financial needs, including the Kickstarter goal which covers immediate expenses.
We will use every single dollar raised in our Kickstarter campaign to bring Art and Craft to life. Please help us get there.
For those who choose to opt-out of a reward, any support at the $200 mark and above can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE with the help of our fiscal sponsor, Meteor Films, Inc.
Those who donate $500 and above will also be acknowledged in the film’s credits:
$500 and above: THANKS in the credits
$1000 and above: SPECIAL THANKS in the credits
$5000 (and above): SUPPORTERS list in the credits
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**THIS ONE'S A NEW ADDITION: One of three postcard images from our super pack: Shane Lavalette's lovely personal photo of Mark amidst the hydrangeas, an outtake from last year's New Yorker article "The Giveaway."
Tote Image below, a Landis Original
Robert Wittman's award-winning "Priceless"
Check out some of these works from the collection of renowned art forgery expert Colette Loll, curator of Intent to Deceive (an exhibition of work by some of the world’s most infamous forgers, including Mark Landis himself):
In the style of Jean-Antoine Watteau
In the style of Paul Signac
In the style of Charles Courtney Curran
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In the style of Henri Matisse
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.
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.
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.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Risks and challenges
Over the past three years, we’ve traveled across the country on shoots, spent countless hours in the edit, and now we’re almost done!
But the film cannot live in our computer, and, as we wrap up the final stages of post-production on Art and Craft, our primary goal is to be sure our film gets seen. As we work towards completion and (with your help) to raise funds to master the film, we’ll be pursuing distribution. We expect to screen the film at festivals this year, but one very real risk and challenge for this campaign is the potential for delays in delivering DVDs and the availability of digital delivery per our distributors’ schedule.
All delivery dates are estimates only and subject to change at any time.
If we are behind schedule, we will promptly notify all funders. That said, all non-film related rewards should be fulfilled well before May 2015 — within 4 months after the completion of our campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter