Hattiesburg Library hosts the state premiere screening of "Art and Craft"
The state premiere screening of "Art and Craft." By Bailey Maloeny
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The state premiere of the documentary film “Art and Craft” screened at the Hattiesburg Library on Thursday.
The film tells the story of prolific art forger Mark Landis and the museum registrar who spent years tracking him down.
Landis lives in Laurel, and is considered one of the best art forgers in the world. He attended the screening and was thrilled about the full house turnout.
Landis had the crowd laughing before the screening even began.
“Thank you all for coming, before the movie starts I just wanted to say that I didn't make the movie,” said Landis. “If I had made the movie there would have been a lot of negative stuff. It would have been the kind of movie a politician would make, if you asked him to make a movie about himself.”
Hattiesburg library director Pamela Pridgen said the event was a great success.
“So many people want to come we've talked to the producers in New York,” said Pridgen. “We will be able to show the film again Thursday January 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.”
Pridgen said by the end of January there will be several copies of “Art and Craft” at the library for people to checkout.