May 06, 2015

The 16th annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 6-10, 2015!

Save the Date for MFF 2015!
Dec 15, 2014

Sumit your film to MFF 2015! For more information, visit mdfilmfest.com/submissions.

Deadline to Submit Your Film to MFF is 12/15/14!
Oct 17, 2014

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to Baltimore!  7:30pm at MICA's Falvey Hall.  Free for Friends of the Festival!

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Returns!
Sep 25, 2014

HELLION screening with Kat Candler at Stevenson University's Soundstage.  7pm reception, 8pm screening. Free but space is limited.

Screening MFF 2014's HELLION with Kat Candler

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Directed By: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman; Co-director: Mark Becker
Hosted/Presented By: Sam Cullman

Sam Cullman co-directed, shot and produced the Oscar-nominated documentary, If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (MFF 2011). More recently, Cullman was a producer and DP on the Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner, The House I Live In (2012).

Run Time: 89 Minutes

When one thinks of an art forger, we might think of a nefarious greed-monger hell-bent on obtaining undeserved fortunes through the deception of the world’s art institutions. But what if said art forger made perfect copies of lesser-known works of master artists, and then gave them away for free to various museums, going undetected for decades? An act of egomania? Perhaps. A rascally prank? For certain. But is it a crime?

Art and Craft is not only a fascinating exploration of this very question, but an indelible portrait of two men obsessed. Using only the most rudimentary art supplies, diagnosed schizophrenic Mark Landis effortlessly reproduces his favorite paintings from masters like Matisse and Picasso, and then gives them away. He just so happens to have donated one of his dubious works to the institution at which the equally fanatical museum registrar Matthew Leininger worked. Leininger discovered the fake in his own collection circa 2008 and has since spent years in a game of cat-and-mouse with Landis, as he endeavors to expose Landis to the art world and make other institutions aware of potential fakes in their collections. The seemingly harmless rapscallion’s zen-like pursuit of his “hobby” is juxtaposed with the slightly over-the-top preoccupation of his pursuer, who seems to have taken Landis’ hoodwinking as a very personal affront. This humorless view of Landis’ “gifts” is one shared by many of the institutions that have been his “beneficiaries.”

Wonderfully entertaining and endlessly fascinating, Art and Craft is a must-see, and Mark Landis is undoubtedly one of the most memorable characters you will ever watch on the big screen. Art lovers, armchair psychologists, pranksters, amateur sleuths and frankly everyone else will find something to love about this fantastic film. (J. Scott Braid)

May 09, 2014
03:45 PM
The Walters Art Museum
May 10, 2014
02:00 PM
MICA Gateway Building