May 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:35 pm
Manhasset Cinemas
430 Plandome Road Manhasset NY
Film Team
Allison Otto | 2022 | USA | Documentary, Crime | 95 minutes 

It was one of the most audacious and puzzling art thefts of a generation; In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s seminal work, “Woman Ochre,” was sliced from it’s frame and stolen from the walls of an Arizona art museum, disappearing into the desert. Over thirty years later, in a remote town in New Mexico, the $160 million dollar painting was rediscovered in the unlikeliest of places, the home of Jerry and Rita Alter. Full of twists and turns, this documentary, which premiered at SXSW, will shatter your preconceived expectations and reveal that everything and everyone is not as they seem. “Plain and simple: This story is a mind bender,” notes director Allison Otto.

“A movie that has used art to touch something essential about how strangers — or maybe I should just say the downright strange — walk among us.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“An entertaining and surprisingly suspenseful story of art, compulsion, chance and audacity.” – Allison Shoemaker, Fox 10 Phoenix

“Secret, double lives are always intriguing stories because, well, don’t we all have one, if just in our head?” – Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle

“A wildly entertaining film about a 1980s art heist that features twists, turns, and exceptional storytelling. You couldnt ask for a better understanding of documentary film directing.” – Louisa Moore, Screen Zealots