Beauty is Embarrassing
(2012, dir. Neil Berkeley, 88 mins., USA)
Beauty Is Embarrassing is an irreverent documentary on the life and times of artist Wayne White—cartoonist, puppeteer, artist and folk hero. Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, White found success as one of the creators of the TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. His sardonic pastiche paintings then made him the darling of the fine art world. The film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find balance. Whether he’s parading a twenty foot tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around Hollywood in his LBJ puppet suit, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White life is a lesson in passion and playfulness. Wired called Beauty Is Embarassing “frantic, sentimental, surreal, and very funny.” Shown in BluRay.
Presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.