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Art and Craft
Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
89 minutes, U.S.A. 2014

Friday, October 17 -Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Art and Craft is a film about obsessions.  Whether it's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or just a love of collecting miniature ceramic cows, many of us have had similar experiences, but perhaps not to the extent of Mark Landis, an extremely talented forger of famous works of art.

What distinguishes him from ordinary criminals is that he does not financially benefit from his art creations.  He gives them away - to museums all over the country:  Chicago, Memphis, Washington, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Jacksonville - 46 museums in 20 States, offering over 100 pieces. He likes seeing his work on display.

When he calls a museum to make an appointment, he makes up stories about an Emily, a sister who has an extensive art collection, saying that she is visiting his mother who has a home in Paris. He's good at telling stories.

Landis says, "Everyone was so nice that I was soon to get into the habit of donating pictures to museums. Being treated so nicely by people was something I was unfamiliar with and I liked it very much."

He calls himself a philanthropist, and museum aficionados welcome him with open arms. Landis obviously gets a buzz out of duping people, and he has hoodwinked some of the best -known institutions in the United States.

He gets away with this because he's actually a very talented artist. His limitation is just that he doesn't like creating his own original art; he likes copying artists. The only real art he has created is an excellent portrait of his mother, whose death has taken its toll on him. He's 59-years-old now, a willowy man who doesn't seem to have any friends. His obsession keeps him alive and gets him out in the world.

Landis, an only child, was often left alone in hotels by his parents who travelled extensively and liked to go out. He loved watching TV.  His favorite musical was "How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying." He insists, "Ethical behaviour never pays off." At times he dresses as a priest.  He explains that he learned how to be a holy man from the BBC TV series "Father Brown." He certainly could have succeeded as an actor.

Landis introduces us to his methods of creating works of art, starting with shopping at Wal-Mart for supplies and inexpensive picture frames.  He dirties up the frames by adding coffee stains to the back so that they will look old. 

His everyday life exists in a small apartment filled with works of art with papers scattered on the floor everywhere. When he plans on going out, he hides his wine in a vintage Phillip's Milk of Magnesia antacid bottle and takes it with him.

Landis' downfall occurs when an overly-avid museum employee becomes obsessed with tracking him down.  But don't be fooled by this discovery.  Landis is too smart to let this get him down.

Art and Craft is a confounding documentary of one of the most unusual characters you will ever meet.  It's a must see. Even  fake reality TV couldn't come up with something this bizarre.

Review by Lois Siegel



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"Await The Freight"

Mitch St. Pierre

Intermode Media
It will also air on Current TV (United States)

Produced by Intermode Media with the help
 of Story Editor Sue Stranks
 Director at the Canadian Film Television Production Association

Two daring travelers embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Mitch and Skot

Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
 that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten track.
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat overwhelming odds.
Mitch, who has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disorder
sets out on this dangerous expedition in a wheelchair.

He faces unbelievable barriers when attempting freight train hops in the constraints of his chair. Accompanied by his best friend Skot
 the two document their story as they face the unknown in "Await the Freight."

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Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming the feature-length dark comedy,
Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital

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Miriam Nørgaard and Michael Dobbin

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Boris Rodriguez, Director

Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels & Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool, This Movie is Broken), Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300, Love & Savagery).

Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
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Ottawa, ON Canada,  February 7, 2011 –the Nation’s Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez (Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo, Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.

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Michael Dobbin, Producer

Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.

Michael’s past work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules' The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October 2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady demand on both sides of the Atlantic.

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 Will Inrig's short, animated film
 "The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" won the
Adobe Prize for High School Animation


This is his first animated film and tells the story of a humble shepherd
on a wind-swept heath in Armenia, whose sheep begin to conspire against him.


Inrig gained significant attention last summer with his debut feature documentary film
"The Exceptional Jivatma Valettas" that chronicles his very eccentric next-door neighbours.
 The film
premiered at the Library and Archives Canada.

He is currently working on another feature documentary
 "The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and Its Master," exploring the inner fantasies of the autistic mind.

The film is inspired by his younger brother who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is working with
the National Film Board of Canada through
 the assistance of Oscar-winning producer Adam Symansky.
Acting as the film’s executive producer is renowned Canadian filmmaker
 and Order of Canada recipient Allan King ("Warrendale," "A Married Couple").

Inrig is mentored by Order of Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers
 and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.


Inrig's first dramatic feature about an enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
 is also being supported by the National Film Board of Canada


 "The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" was made as part of
Canterbury High School's Media Arts Program 


Director: Will Inrig
Camera: Gordon Bailey

AUDIO: Will Inrig talks to All in a Day host Adrian Harewood on CBC Radio July 23, 2008

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