Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

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A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mimi Pond ...
Lulu White ...
Woodrow White ...
Cliff Benjamin ...
David Pagel ...
Kaz ...
Alison Mork ...
Himself (as Charles Stone)
Paul Zaloom ...
Willis White ...
Billie June White ...


Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee's Playhouse TV show which soon led to more work design some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Recently his word paintings featuring pithy and and often sarcastic text statements finely crafted onto vintage landscape paintings have made him a darling of the fine art world. The movie chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of an artist struggling to find peace and balance between his professional work and his personal art. This is especially complicated for a man who struggles with the virtues he most often mocks in his art...Vanity, ego and fame. Written by Neil Berkeley

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I hated it, my friend loved it. Depends on your tastes I guess.
25 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm an artist and I went to see this movie last week with a friend of mine who's also an artist. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator, and my friend designs avant garde costumes. I didn't hate the movie, but it wasn't worth the price of admission, and I don't think I would be missing out if I never saw it in the first place. My friend would disagree, he loved it and is encouraging everyone to see it. Where I found it only moderately inspiring, he felt deeply motivated to create more art. I watch a lot of docs, and normally I turn them off if they suck. I would have turned this off if I could have. I guess it's just not everyone's cup of tea.

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