1 August 2012 8:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The documentary "Beauty is Embarrassing," which profiles designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician Wayne White, will open this fall in select markets. The film, from first-time director Neil Berkeley, had its premiere at SXSW in March and has since gone on to play at a number of festivals, including Full Frame, Hot Docs, Silverdocs and L.A. Berkeley retraces White's steps from childhood to present day, covering a prolific career that included a stint as a puppeteer and voice-over actor on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse," for which he won three Emmys. In addition to featuring White, Berkeley interviews Matt Groening, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Mimi Pond and Paul Reubens for the documentary. The film will open September 7 in New York at the IFC Center, in Los Angeles at the Sundance Cinemas Sunset (formerly the Sunset 5), and in Seattle at the Northwest Film Forum. It will expand to other key cities throughout the fall. »


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