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In 1985, artist Willem de Kooning's painting Woman-Ochre was brazenly cut from its museum frame in broad daylight and not seen again for over 30 years. When the $160 million work turned up hanging on a wall behind the bedroom door of a modest home in rural New Mexico, the already scandalous story of one of modern art's most bizarre thefts takes the first of many unexpected turns. Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Allison Otto picks up the thieves' trail, looking into the lives of a seemingly mild-mannered late couple, Jerry and Rita Alter. Could two retired teachers with a penchant for travel and writing amateur fiction really have outsmarted police and the FBI for decades, all while never letting anything slip to their family or friends? Was stealing Woman-Ochre the height of their crimes? What begins as an enthralling heist story evolves into a fascinating look at how far ordinary people are willing to go for an extraordinary life. Myrocia Watamaniuk


  • Director(s)

    • Allison Otto
  • Producer(s)

    • Caryn Capotosto
    • Jill Howerton
    • Joshua Kunau
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Brynn Mooser
    • Kathryn Everett
    • Tony Hsieh
    • Justin Lacob
    • John Boccardo and Derek Esplin
  • Co-Executive Producer(s)

    • Shizuka Asakawa
    • Kathleen L'Esperance
  • Co-Producer(s)

    • Heath Cullens
    • Mary Kay Cook
  • Writer(s)

    • Mark Monroe
    • Nick Andert
  • Editor(s)

    • Nick Andert
  • Cinematography

    • Rod Hassler
    • Matt Ryan
  • Composer

    • Daniel Wohl

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