Documentary produced by Sheena Joyce ’98 to appear in Toronto International Film Festival

Posted July 23rd, 2009 at 9:58 am.

Albert C. Barnes examines a painting

Albert C. Barnes examines a painting

The Art of the Steal, a documentary produced by Sheena Joyce ’98 and directed by Don Argott, has been selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, to take place in September.

The Art of the Steal “plays like a thrilling whodunit,” says the festival’s Web site, as it delves into the controversies surrounding the Albert C. Barnes Foundation, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting. In 2004, the Montgomery County Orphans’ Court granted the foundation permission to move from its location in Merion, Pa., to a new site on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The battle over the foundation’s planned relocation is just the latest of the many conflicts in the institution’s history.

Joyce and Argott are the principals of 9.14 Pictures, a Philadelphia-based independent production company. Their previous work includes Rock School, a documentary about a foul-mouthed wannabe rock star who wrings stellar performances out of his young students, and Two Days in April, a filmic exploration of the NFL draft. 9.14 also collaborated with the Bryn Mawr Admissions Office to produce a series of videos including the popular Rollercoaster Tour of the College’s campus.

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