Daniel Garber talks with Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman about their new doc ART AND CRAFT

Posted in Art, Art Therapy, Cultural Mining, documentary, Mental Illness, Movies, Mystery, Uncategorized by CulturalMining.com on May 4, 2014
Sam Coleman and Jennifer Grausman 1 Art and Craft Interview Daniel Garber  © Jeff HarrisHi, this is Daniel Garber at the Movies for culturalmining.com and CIUT 89.5 FM.
Art theft and forgery is hot right now: there’s the TV series called White Collar with Matt Bomer; a Pulitzer prize-winning novel, the Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; and countless heist movies about how to steal the world’s masterpieces… and get rich doing it.
It’s also in the news: Qian Pei-Shen ring a bell?Art_And_Craft_4
But what about an art forger not motivated by greed, with no ulterior motives, just a need to have his fake paintings seen? Well, as they say, Truth is Stranger than Fiction. There’s a great new documentary that looks at a real case, involving real people…
It follows an eccentric forger named Mark Landis who donates his paintings to Sam Coleman and Jennifer Grausman 2 Art and Craft Interview Daniel Garber  © Jeff Harriswell-known museums; and a curator named Matthew Leininger who is fooled by him and begins an obsessive campaign to uncover his forgeries.
The movie’s called ART AND CRAFT, and it’s playing at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Festival. I interviewed the film’s directors, Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, in studio. They talk about art, hobbies, mental health, authenticity, forgery, music… and a mysterious letter.

Daniel Garber talks to Zack Young about William Kurelek’s: THE MAZE playing at Toronto’s Rendezvous With Madness

Posted in Animals, Animation, Art, Art Therapy, Canada, Cultural Mining, Depression, documentary, Dreams, Psychology, UK, Uncategorized, US by CulturalMining.com on November 11, 2012

Hi, this is Daniel Garber at the movies for culturalmining.com and CIUT 89.5 FM. 

Most Canadians have heard of the beloved artist and illustrator William Kurelek, especially known for his winter views, with kids playing on the lonely, windswept prairies. But a film — first shot in the 1960’s — shows a lesser-known aspect of the artist’s work and life. This film — called WILLIAM KURELEK’S THE MAZE (playing at the 2012 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival) — is a biographical discussion and exploration of one of his paintings, a fantastical, almost psychedelic view of his mental state at the time he created it. The long version of this film was never finished and the footage believed to be lost.

Now, more than 40 years later, Nick and Zack Young — the sons of the original film’s co-director, Robert M Young — have put the pieces back together and added new material and music to release a finished version.

In this interview (by telephone from Los Angeles) The Maze’s co-producer, musician and filmmaker Zack Young, talks about Kurelek, his troubled relationship with his family, the film’s genesis, the reasons it was made, what became of it, and more…

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