Documentary filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus' Stolen, will be featured as part of the 4th Annual Film Festival of Boston this April. Stolen recounts the story of 1990 art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Among the paintings removed were such considered masterpieces as The Concert by Vermeer, and The Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt.
The story centers on contemporary art sleuth, the late Harold Smith, reputed for his dedication and methods for recovering lost and stolen art throughout the world. Smith, who died last year from complications with his battle with skin cancer, made his search for the lost Gardner works a personal quest. His story provides the narrative thread as Dreyfus recounts the story of Isabella Stewart Gardner and the origins of the museum, located on the Fenway in Boston.
The documentary has earned high marks from critics and has won a number of accolades from other film festivals, including the Sarasota Film Festival for Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and the NY/Avignon Film Festival for Best Documentary and Best Original Score.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston hosts a number of screenings and panels. The festivities are set to begin the week of April 19th and will run through the 24th, showing new work by independent filmmakers throughout Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville throughout various venues. Stolen will make its Boston theatrical run beginning May 12th, at the Landmark Theatre in Kendall Square, and will also be featured in the Newport International Film Festival this June.
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