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With a career spanning 30 years and a talent for painting and drawing across different art styles and periods, Mark Landis is a master art forger.
This film follows the cat and mouse chase between Landis and art registrar, Matthew Leininger.
Once duped by Landis’ skill, Leininger is now consumed by the desire to expose Landis’ charlantanry. But Landis isn’t in it for the money. He’s donated his forgeries to hundreds of institutions across the states.
When asked why he thinks it is that he hasn’t been prosecuted, Landis answers “’Cos I haven’t done anything wrong or illegal. I decided to be a philanthropist.”
Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and co-directed by Mark Becker, the humourous film leaves you unsure of where your sympathies should lie.
“There is a kind of performance art quality to the act,” says Leininger.