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Waiting for Hockney (2008)

 |  Documentary  |  2008 (USA)
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A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there---the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Pappas ...
Himself
Larry Link ...
Himself - Architect
Cookie Pappas ...
Herself
Bill Schulte ...
Himself
Ben Schapiro ...
Himself
Jeff Grutkowski ...
Himself - Friend
Stephanie Panos Link ...
Herself
Jim Pappas ...
Himself - Billy's Father
Lawrence Weschler ...
Himself
Charlie Scheips ...
Himself
Gary Vikan ...
Himself - Museum Director (as Dr. Gary Vikan)
René Sterner ...
Himself - Billy's Administrator (as Brother Rene Sterner)
Gerneen Pappas ...
Herself
Will Pappas ...
Himself
Neil Rhodes ...
Himself
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A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there---the famous artist David Hockney. What happens when you finally meet the god of your own making? Written by Julie Checkoway

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Art. Ambition. Poppy seed cake.

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Paintings, drawings, or sketches of several classical or modern masters are seen throughout the film, especially their self-portraits, including: Leonardo da Vinci ("Self-portrait in red chalk" [c.1512-1515]), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres ("Self-portrait at age 24" [1804]), Albrecht Dürer ("Self-Portrait" [1500]), Grant Wood ("American Gothic" [1930]), Michaelangelo ("Statue of David" [1504] and others), Rembrandt van Rijn ("Self-portrait" [c.1629] and others], and of course David Hockney ("Self-portrait with Charley" and many others). See more »

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Billy Pappas: There were no down moments in this thing... everything is hit it hard, like... my life depends on it. Let's let everything go to hell, except excellence... excellence at any cost.
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Performed and Written by Tom Freund
Published by Surf Road Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Surf Road Records
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"Portrait" of an artist
13 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The documentary follows artist Billy Pappas and his entourage of advocates on a journey to meet with prolific artist David Hockney. For whose opinion Billy anxiously awaits, believing Hockney to be in some capacity the catalyst agent for the sale of the drawing and/or the furtherance of his career.

First time writer, director Julie Checkoway delivers a well constructed film. The palatable soundtrack hints at emotions but leaves you to draw your own conclusions about Billy Pappas, about David Hockney, about art and about life.

Whether you adore or resent the artist, admire or pity him, after viewing the film Waiting for Hockney, you will consider him.


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