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“House of Stronzo” chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies.


Throughout his 40 years of collecting original folk art and outsider art, Cecere has purchased items that were sometimes strange (such as dancing snake figurines), sometimes silly (like a peep show reenactment hammered out of tin) and sometimes sacrilegious (like a bottle of “wash away your sins bubble bath”). But to Cecere, the art and objects are always beautiful. Parts of his collection have been donated to and exhibited at such renowned institutions as the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Now at age 76, Cecere has whittled down his collection from an all-time high of 30,000 objects.


He thinks his “holy shit house” is the star of the show. But it’s Cecere’s bursting passion for his collection, his fondness for the often struggling artists who are driven to leave an artistic mark on the world, which steals this show. Cecere is a bachelor who lives by himself. But he is hardly alone. He’s kept company by the thousands of tins, trinkets, figurines, paintings, carved animals, masks and wall hangings that – to Cecere – are as important as family. “House of Stronzo” chronicles Cecere’s life as a renowned collector of the strange, and the crush against time he feels daily as he ages. He struggles with the effects of diabetes and a breathing disorder, a constant reminder that time is not on his side. His daughter, former U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers, as well as museum curators, offer glimpses into the peculiarities of Pete Cecere, a man who has made it his life’s work to honor those artists who receive little recognition but who boast an abundant passion for fulfilling the demands of their creative spirit. 


A film by Matthew White
Edited by Matthew White & Michael Celona
Original music composed and performed by Babak Elahi
Directed by Matthew White

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