Art and Craft


Art and Craft

Art and Craft

Sam Cullman is a cinematographer, producer and director of documentaries with well over a decade of experience. He partnered with director Marshall Curry to co-direct, shoot and produce If a Tree Falls (2011) which won the U.S. Documentary Editing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. More recently, Cullman produced and shot the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning The House I live In (2012), directed by Eugene Jarecki. Cullman’s cinematography has appeared in dozens of documentaries including King Corn (2006), Why We Fight (2005), and most recently in Black Cherokee (2012), a documentary short that he also directed, produced and edited with Benjamin Rosen. A graduate of Brown University (1999) with Honors in Visual Art and a second major in Urban Studies, Cullman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jennifer Grausman directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary, Pressure Cooker (2008). The film garnered awards from festivals across the country including a Special Jury Commendation at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival. It opened theatrically before being broadcast on BET. Grausman also co-produced Eric Mendelsohn’s feature, 3 Backyards (2009), which won Best Director at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, she produced six short films, including Suzi Yoonessi’s Dear Lemon Lima (2007), and Joan Stein’s Solidarity (2005). In addition to making films, Grausman was Co-Director of The Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket, MA from 2010 to 2012. A graduate of the MFA film program at Columbia University, Grausman was honored with the 2005 Best Producer Award. Prior to graduate school, she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art. She earned her BFA in Art History at Duke University.

Film Synopsis: 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, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for 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 after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

However, stopping isn’t as simple as it might appear. Landis, it turns out, struggles with mental illness and over the years he’s developed an outright “addiction to philanthropy” as his elaborate cons offer him the chance to cultivate connection and respect. 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.

Schedule:
February 2, 2016: Harrington-Peachtree Academic Center (First Floor Amphitheater), Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
February 3, 2016: Williams Gymnasium, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
February 4, 2016: Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
February 7, 2016: Colleen O. Williams Theater, Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
February 8, 2016: DP Culp University Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
February 9, 2016: University Center Theater, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC