Pickpocket King

The idea for this film started when I read an article about Bob Arno in NYTimes. The article inspired a short - The Rip Off. Through that film I met Apollo Robbins and through him I met Bob Arno. It turned out that Bob had a life long dream about finding a particular pickpocket in Naples who used a technique that is legendary for pickpockets. I decided to create a trailer based on Bob's dream and started shopping it around to producers. Eventually the film was picked up by NatGeo. It did mean that we had to do more of a TV doc than the feature I originally had in mind. Despite amazing material and an amazing experience the feature film (due to rights) never materialized. This version is the TV version and shows a bit of what a feature could have been.


Documentary 52 min, HDTV, 2012