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‘Art and Craft’ shows in Vail

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“Art and Craft,” from directors Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker, tells the story of Mark Landis who has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history.
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What: “Art and Craft” documentary film, part of new winter screening series.

Where: Vail Mountain School.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost: $10.

More information: http://www.vailfilmfestival.com.

VAIL — The Vail Film Festival is kicking off the inaugural winter screening series with three preview screenings leading up to the 12th annual festival, set for March 26-29. The first in the series is the critically acclaimed documentary “Art and Craft,” from directors Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker. The film tells the story of Mark Landis, who has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. “Art and Craft” has been charming audiences since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Landis’ impressive body of work spans 30 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.

The film 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.

The screening is Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/screeningseries.

“We’re excited to launch the VFF winter screening series as a way to celebrate innovative, cutting-edge filmmaking and to offer the Vail community an additional opportunity to see incredible independent films,” said Sean Cross, Vail Film Festival co-director.

The 12th annual Vail Film Festival will showcase more than 50 films from around the world. Beyond film screenings, the festival is committed to fostering and celebrating leading filmmakers and actors. Past festival honorees and special guests include Tate Taylor, Allison Janney, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Kevin Smith, Krysten Ritter, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Zach Braff, Sophia Bush, Harold Ramis, Josh Lucas, Tim Daly and Adrian Grenier, among others.

For festival passes, film screening tickets or more information, visit http://www.VailFilm Festival.com.

The Vail Film Festival is staged by the Colorado Film Institute, a nonprofit organization, and relies on corporate sponsorships and individual donations to stage the annual event. For sponsorship information, email sponsor@vailfilm festival.org.

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