This Friday the I-SITE gang is going to see The Art of the Steal, a film by Don Argott who just so happens to be in the band Serpent Throne with our own Sean Paul Fenton and the film’s editor Demian Fenton. But enough about us, it’s all about this film and how excited we are for it. It’s been getting rave reviews, including a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Fest. Below is a description of the film and a link to the trailer. Go see this and support the locals.
“An un-missable look at one of the art world’s most fascinating controversies and a celebrated selection of the Toronto, New York and AFI Film Festivals, Don Argott’s gripping documentary THE ART OF THE STEAL chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes formed a remarkable educational institution around his priceless collection of art, located just five miles outside of Philadelphia. Now, more than 50 years after Barnes’ death, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court for control of the art, and intend to bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of Barnes’ former students and his will, which contains strict instructions stating the Foundation should always be an educational institution, and that the paintings may never be removed. Will they succeed, or will a man’s will be broken and one of America’s greatest cultural monuments be destroyed?” – Apple
Also check out Don and Demien’s film company 9.14 pictures for other clips and upcoming work.