Mongrel Media swoops on Jamie Kastner documentary

The indie distributor has acquired domestic rights to the art-fraud film, which made its world bow at Hot Docs last night.
There Are No Fakes

It begins with musician Kevin Hearn buying a painting attributed to iconic Indigenous Canadian artist and founder Norval Morrisseau.

Mongrel Media has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to Jamie Kastner’s documentary There Are No Fakes.

The project, which world premiered at Hot Docs last night, will receive a limited theatrical release via Mongrel this summer before making its TV debut on TVO and Knowledge Network in the fall.

Directed by Jamie Kastner, There Are No Fakes explores the story of the largest art-forgery ring in Canadian history. The feature-length film begins with musician Kevin Hearn (pictured) of the Barenaked Ladies purchasing a painting attributed to iconic Indigenous Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. However, Hearn begins to have doubts about the painting’s authenticity and a new tale emerges about the origin of the paintings.

Kastner, whose other films include The Skyjacker’s Tale, Secret Disco Revolution and Recessionize!, produced the doc alongside Laura Baron Kastner through their Toronto-based production banner Cave 7 Productions. The pair negotiated the deal for the doc with Mongrel’s Andrew Frank. Mark Anthony Jacobson serves as an executive producer on the project.

The project is funded by TVO, Knowledge Network, CMF, Rogers Telefilm Theatrical Documentary Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Ontario Creates and the NOHFC.