Don Argott

One of Don's many acclaimed films is "The Art of the Steal," which exposes the decades-long efforts to resolve financial problems of the Barnes Foundation.


Director and cinematographer Don Argott formed 9.14 Pictures in 2002.  His first feature-length documentary, Rock School, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2004 and was acquired by Newmarket Films/Picturehouse Films.  It was extremely well received on the festival circuit, screening at Sundance and South by Southwest, and given rave reviews by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Ebert & Roeper. Rock School was released worldwide theatrically in June 2005, on DVD in September 2005, and on A&E Television in 2006.

The Art of the Steal chronicled the long struggle for control over the $30 billion dollar Barnes collection of Post Impressionist and early Modern art. It was acquired by IFC Films’ Sundance Selects division at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, went on to screen at the New York Film Festival and AFI Fest, and was named by Roger Ebert as one of the Best Documentaries of 2010.

Don’s critically acclaimed body of work also includes; Two Days in April, Last Days Here (SXSW 2011), and The Atomic States of America (Sundance 2012). 

Don’s latest feature, As The Palaces Burn, is a music documentary turned heart-wrenching courtroom drama about the heavy metal band, Lamb of God.

Don is originally from Pequannock Township, New Jersey, and currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.