Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Paul Kostick wrote and directed this comedic commentary on the art world. Settling in at a Seattle art museum, impulsive loser Les Martin (Christian Ryser) sits and admires a Vermeer painting -- to such a degree that he rips it off the wall and steals it, telling his estranged wife Ray (Susan Tate) that he found it in a yard sale. When the media mistakenly interprets the theft as an act of a terrorist group, Les rises to the occasion by writing a manifesto. Continuing to paint himself into a corner and also developing paranoid notions, Les kicks Ray out of the house. Meanwhile, his friend artist Plastic Man (Matt Riedy) has an eye on the painting. Pablo Mayor and Ellington orchestra veteran Art Falbush supply the listenable trumpet-piano jazz score. Shown at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival.
artist, art-theft, impulsiveness, loser, paranoia, robbery, terrorism