855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

ART FILM - Beauty is Embarrassing

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
ART FILM - Beauty is Embarrassing
Beauty Is Embarrassing - Future You Pictures

A funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.  Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Most recently, his word paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. (Excerpt from beautyisembarrassing.com)

Showing at The Alcazar Theater located at 4916 Carpinteria Avenue. Hosted by the Carpinteria Arts Center. Suggested donation: $5.

Watch cinematic trailer - CLICK HERE

More info on this and other Art Center films - CLICK HERE

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Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White created a sculpture with automated moving parts called "Big Lick Boom" that paid tribute to Roanoke's rail history
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White by Bettina Von Schneyder
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
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Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White, Beauty is Embarrassin
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White, Sexy Paintings By Sexy Painters For Sexy People
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
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Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White, Run Down The Road To Your Momma's House And Tell Her I'm Back
Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Beauty Is Embarrassing - Future You Pictures

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show. The pieces are drawn from performances at venues in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles including the famous Roseland Ballroom and the Largo Theater.

Whether he’s parading a twenty-foot-tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his LBJ puppet suit, relaxing in his studio picking his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne always seems to have a youthful grin and a desperate drive to create art and objects. It is an infectious quality that will inspire everyone to find their pleasure in life and pursue it at all costs.

At its core, this film is a reminder that we should all follow our passion. It is those creative impulses that will lead us to where we need to go.  (Excerpt from beautyisembarrassing.com)

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Read the below film review from the New York Times, "Far Beyond 'Playhouse,’ Artist Remains Playful”.

“Playhouse” contributors — Mr. Reubens, the artist Gary Panter and the musician Mark Mothersbaugh — recount the show’s hothouse of invention, especially during its first season, when it was shot in a Manhattan loft. Mr. White designed and provided voices for some of the marionettes, including the musician Dirty Dog and the troublemaker Randy. A documentary highlight is priceless backstage footage taken at the time by Mr. White. “Playhouse,” he has said, “was a downtown New York art project on TV.”

But life after “Playhouse” — Mr. White followed the show to Los Angeles — had its challenges. Despite award-winning work in music videos (the Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Gabriel), he struggled in children’s TV (“Beakman’s World,” “Shining Time Station”).

Then he found his own answer to Warhol’s Brillo boxes: wry, droll or superficial statements, often comments on the South or the venality of Hollywood (“Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve”), scrambled on a canvas or meticulously emblazoned across cheesy landscape paintings. The Los Angeles restaurant Fred62 displayed the pictures, and soon the designer Todd Oldham was inspired to assemble a monograph of Mr. White’s work. “Bang!” Mr. White says. “I’m in the art world, just like that.”

There are other forces sustaining Mr. White: his wife, the graphic novelist Mimi Pond, and their children; his banjo and harmonica; and his connections to the South. Seeing Mr. White parading in an oversize Lyndon B. Johnson head mask or assembling a giant puppet with his Tennessee buddy Mike Quinn, we appreciate the liberating, delirious joy of creativity.

But this exuberant documentary’s most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humor, family and old friends.

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Directed by Neil Berkeley. Written (story) by Neil Berkeley, Chris Bradley, and Kevin Klauber.

Cast includes Wayne White (himself), Paul Reubens(himself), Mimi Pond(herself), Matt Mothersbaugh (himself), and Matt Groening(himself).

For full cast and crew - CLICK HERE

Film - "Beauty is Embarrassing" - hosted by the Alcazar Theater
Wayne White in an oversize mask of Lyndon B. Johnson - Beauty Is Embarrassing - Future You Pictures