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Waiting for Hockney (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2008 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Julie Checkoway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Pappas Billy Pappas ... Himself
Larry Link Larry Link ... Himself - Architect
Cookie Pappas Cookie Pappas ... Herself
Bill Schulte Bill Schulte ... Himself
Ben Schapiro Ben Schapiro ... Himself
Jeff Grutkowski Jeff Grutkowski ... Himself - Friend
Stephanie Panos Link Stephanie Panos Link ... Herself
Jim Pappas Jim Pappas ... Himself - Billy's Father
Lawrence Weschler Lawrence Weschler ... Himself
Charlie Scheips Charlie Scheips ... Himself
Gary Vikan Gary Vikan ... Himself - Museum Director (as Dr. Gary Vikan)
René Sterner René Sterner ... Himself - Billy's Administrator (as Brother Rene Sterner)
Gerneen Pappas Gerneen Pappas ... Herself
Will Pappas Will Pappas ... Himself
Neil Rhodes Neil Rhodes ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Art. Ambition. Poppy seed cake.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Choptank, Maryland, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

As the opening credits appear, Billy Pappas is seen riding in a cab. The cab passes by a large Travertine marble building with six imposing columns supporting an imposing pediment. The building is the Baltimore Museum of Art, and two of the banners hanging in front of the building display the name of the museum, along with the commonly known acronym, "BMA". See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Napoleon March
By Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (as Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra)
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Truly a gem of a film…
30 August 2008 | by wwbakerSee all my reviews

I loved this film. At times it was hard to imagine that this feature length film is really a documentary. The characters are vivid, wild and eccentric. The film centers around Billy Pappas, a young man from a working class family who sets out to create the next new movement in the art world, spending nearly ten years of his young life making one pencil drawn portrait. With a support group that includes an eccentric mentor, a priest and the world's most loving mother, among others, Billy decides that there is only one person who can truly appreciate and validate his creation and that person is the famous artist/painter/photographer/art historian, David Hockney.

So many contemporary and important issues are addressed in this film such as "what is art?", "who can judge the value of art?" and "who can determine if an endeavor is worthwhile?".

The film tells this story beautifully using much more than the usual "talking heads" of many documentaries. The music, archival film and footage of Billy's daily life provides an engaging pace and plenty to keep the viewer actively involved as the story unfolds. I do not want to give away any of the suspense of the film, but suffice to say that I had just the right mix of anticipation and fulfillment that I needed to keep me thoroughly attentive throughout the film.

I was lucky enough to attend a screening of this film in May 2008 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Why do I say lucky? Well the film's "star", Billy Pappas, attended the screening and he along with the film's director, Julie Checkoway and her producer/brother all answered questions at the end of the screening. It was so much fun to see and hear it.


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