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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 »


Julie Checkoway




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


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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"Bro. René Sterner," who is referred to in the opening written letter, was, at the time of filming, and until 2005, the President of La Salle College High School. La Salle, founded in 1858, is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for boys located in Wyndmoor, a community in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. The school is staffed by a lay faculty and the Christian Brothers. See more »


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 by Gleedsville
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Joey Katsaros (as Joseph Katsaros), Alana Da Fonseca and Sheila Owens
Published by Canvas One Music (BMI), J W C T Two Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment by arrangement with format
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"Portrait" of an artist

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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