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
Art. Ambition. Poppy seed cake.
Did You Know?
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" ), Albrecht Dürer ("Self-Portrait" ), Grant Wood ("American Gothic" ), Michaelangelo ("Statue of David"  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
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.
Haute-volée-Polka, Op. 155
By Johann Strauß
(as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
, Lorin Maazel
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more