CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

The Thief Collector

Year: 2022
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 93 minutes

The Thief Collector
The Thief Collector
The Thief Collector
The Thief Collector
The Thief Collector

The day after Thanksgiving in 1985, a quiet day at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Willem de Kooning’s beloved Woman-Ochre oil painting vanished. But no fingerprints and no proof left the case cold. When the coveted piece of art is found 32 years later—valued at more than $160 million—in the New Mexico home of the late Jerry and Rita Alter, the real mystery begins. Through comical reenactments and persuasive personal accounts from museum staff, police detectives, and the antique dealers who made the discovery, THE THIEF COLLECTOR reopens the decades-long investigation that soon reveals itself as much more than a single stolen painting. Shocked friends and family members wrestle with the possibility that their pleasant, vibrant, well-traveled school teacher friends could have been leading deceitful double lives. Obsessed with the chase? Living for the thrill? The whole truth died with Jerry and Rita, and their cryptic clues crafted along the way leave an ominous legacy of unanswered questions. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

KeyBank State Theatre

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Upper Allen

Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 9:20 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Only at Playhouse Square

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Allison Otto

Caryn Capotosto, Jill Latiano Howerton, Joshua Kunau

Mark Monroe, Nick Andert

Rod Hassler, Matt Ryan

Nick Andert

Principal Cast
Glenn Howerton, Sarah Minnich, Matt Pittenger, Scott Takeda, Brandon Ruiz, Hailey Cruzen, Ryan Deluca, Eric Banks

Film Contact

Community Partner

Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)

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