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F For Fake…Oscilloscope Grab “Art and Craft” Prior to Tribeca Film Fest Premiere

Acquisitions – Documentary Films

F For Fake…Oscilloscope Grab “Art and Craft” Prior to Tribeca Film Fest Premiere

If Tim’s Vermeer found traces of lenses and mirrors in the painting process, Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s Art and Craft looks to set aside the smoke and mirrors of the undertaking. Deadline reports that Oscilloscope, a distrib co. that pretty much works with a 50/50 fiction/non-fiction slate, acquired the rights to the doc just prior to its Tribeca Film Fest showing and will put the film out theatrically later in the year.

Gist: Following a prolific (and still-active) art forger who donates his work to museums instead of selling it, Art and Craft uncovers a curious story of obsession and understanding at the intersection of art, philanthropy and mental health.

Worth Noting: Previous creds for Cullman include the Oscar-nominated co-director of 2011′s If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (see trailer below), and in the Jennifer Grausman camp, she directed the Emmy-nominated Pressure Cooker.

Do We Care?: Along with the early support (count this as another successful kickstarter financed project) Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub appear to be swooned with their pick-up: “capture these amazing characters with the perfect mixture of humor and heart, resulting in one of the most entertaining and moving documentaries we’ve seen in years.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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