Friday, March 22, 2019

A Film By Jamie Kastner, "There Are No Fakes"

Don Robinson inspecting the Hearn painting

A TVO Original
Premieres at Hot Docs 2019

From Hot Docs: Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) is arguably the most influential Indigenous artist in Canada, commonly referred to as the founder of the Woodlands style. After spending $20,000 at a reputable Toronto gallery to purchase Spirit Energy of Mother Earth, Kevin Hearn (of the Barenaked Ladies) was surprised to discover the authenticity of his Morrisseau canvas being called into question. His decision to sue the art dealer spurs an investigation into the painting's provenance, and so begins the unravelling of an art fraud ring with fighting factions, all claiming to be the true protectors of the Anishinaabe painter's legacy—and all of whom happen to be white. Dealers, investors, experts and artists vigorously defend their interests in a search for truth where culture and commerce collide. Questions of authenticity, appropriation and exploitation underlay a devastating story about a visionary artist caught between worlds. As the legal case proceeds, shocking new revelations emerge, detailing damages that spread far beyond the canvas. - Hot Docs' Alex Rogalski

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. The 2019 Hot Docs Festival will run April 25 to May 5, 2019.

Director: Jamie Kastner
Producer(s): Jamie Kastner, Laura Baron Kastner
Executive Producer: Mark Anthony Jacobson
Editor: Michael Hannan
Writer: Jamie Kastner
Cinematography: Derek Rogers
Music: Kevin Hearn
Sound: Peter Sawade, Stephen Dranitsaris, David Best
Website: www.therearenofakes.com

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