DocNight: Con Artist
USA, 2010, 84 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Comedy, Documentary
Language: English, Italian
Director Michael Sládek In-Person!
Digital presentation - Con Artist is a stylishly dark docu-comedy excavating America's craving for fame and fortune via one of its most outrageous addicts. Once a legitimate art star in the 1980’s New York scene, millionaire “business artist” Mark Kostabi hires others to conceive and create paintings which he openly signs and sells as his own. Over the course of this highly energetic character study, Con Artist focuses on Kostabi’s current attempts to regain prominence and find happiness through fame, which he openly equates with love.
About Director Michael Sládek:
Michael Sládek currently heads up Plug Ugly Films Inc. while freelancing in the film, video, web, print, and live event worlds. He produces, writes, and directs most Plug Ugly projects and designs all marketing materials for the company. A member of the Screen Actor's Guild, Sládek has acted professionally since childhood and spent most of his early years in the live theatre. He currently serves as NY rep for SAGIndie. He is former Talent Coordinator for MTV News, former assistant to writer Jamaica Kincaid, worked with the experimental threatre company Kadmus Theatre Studio, managed punk bands in NYC, and worked in advertising in LA. Sládek grew up in Denver, CO and Newport Beach, CA. He studied acting at Orange Coast College and UCLA, and film at NY Film Academy.
DIRECTOR: Michael Sládek
Producer: Michael Sládek
Editor: Michael Sládek, Jacob Bricca
Cinematographer: Michael Sládek
US Distributor: Argot Pictures
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