It didn’t take long to find those behind the theft. They had a plan, or more accurately, half a plan.
“There was something dangerous and almost deranged about it, the kind of crime Abbott and Costello might plan, after consultation with Cheech and Chong and Martin and Lewis. There were also repercussions that could have been catastrophic far beyond the fate of a multi-million-dollar violin.” (Buzz Bissinger, Vanity Fair)
Ultimately, it was what Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn called the “dimwit” factor that resolved a theft riddled with both tragic and comic elements.
Joel Van Haren is an award-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated cinematographer making his directorial debut with “Plucked.” In this multi-layered story, Van Haren shows the immense cultural and historical value of these instruments, and how easily they could disappear and be lost forever.
“Plucked” also follows an international band of law enforcement authorities as they fight against the clock and try to save a multimillion-dollar violin that is unlike any musical instrument in the world.
“Plucked” received its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.