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Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 20 June 2013 (USA)
At age 70, LA painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, ... See full summary »


Tamar Halpern (co-director), Chris Quilty (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Llyn Foulkes Llyn Foulkes
Dennis Hopper ... Himself
Paul Schimmel Paul Schimmel
Johnny Carson ... (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mat Gleason Mat Gleason ... Himself
George Herms George Herms


At age 70, LA painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, three-dimensional 'pictures' layering real objects and shadows. When no one attends his NY show, he blames himself. With commentary from Dennis Hopper, we learn Llyn was kicked out of the Ferus Gallery for insulting another artist's work, setting the tone for the next fifty years of his refusal to sell out. Twenty years after performing on the Tonight Show, he plays 'The Machine' alone, a one-man band in both music and art. Part Clint Eastwood, part political anarchist, this intimate portrait of Llyn Foulkes follows his obsessive craft and process for eight years. Written by Anonymous

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20 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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Old L.A.
written & performed by Llyn Foulkes
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Magnificent portrait of an under-appreciated artist
2 August 2015 | by NickTSparkSee all my reviews

Llyn Foulkes like many dedicated artists is a borderline nut job, but he's also absolutely brilliant and while many of his peers have climbed the heights of modern art stardom, he is seemingly under-appreciated by the "art world". There are many reasons for this but his self-destructive tendencies and penchant for revisiting his work, and making everything that's not already sold a "work in progress" needing to be revised and tinkered with, are leading ones. Anyone who has worked on a creative endeavor or known someone whose personal relationships have taken a hit because of their obsession with their own visions will recognize and feel humbled by the demons chasing Foulkes, and you can't help but feel energized by his truly brilliant works of art and this film. Incidentally it seems that the film follows the same kind of Quixotic path as the person it studies. It was shot over a many-year period and at some points you even want to scream at Foulkes and the filmmakers as the artist once more plunges in and then assaults one of his "finished" works. But it's a good kind of pain and in the end I concluded the film was extremely well put together in a way that perfectly mirrored its subject. Anyone who is interested in the artistic process and the eccentricities of the men and women make great modern art, should see this film. Definitely not a film for everyone but if you are reading this and have learned about Foulkes then yes, it is probably for you.

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