As if the piercing blue eyes and lanky frame weren't enough, Wayne White is also a devoted husband and father, a scarily talented sculptor, cartoonist, puppeteer, and painter ... and he can play the banjo. We profiled him on Off-Ramp back in 2008, and now he's the star of a new documentary by Neil Berkeley called "Beauty is Embarrassing."
The film highlights his work on PeeWee's Playhouse, the videos for Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel, the word paintings you can see on the wall at Fred 62 in Los Feliz (gathering grease), and the biggest George Jones puppet you'll ever see. But more than that, it's about how White has lived his art through his life -- or maybe vice-versa -- and is, THANK GOD, not another damned tortured artist. His message is a tonic to artists everywhere: do your thing.
Berkeley says, "My childhood seemed to track every professional move (White) made – from Pee-wee’s Playhouse, to Beakman’s World, to the Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel’s videos, to the commercials he made, all the way up to the word paintings. His work seemed to be right in line with whatever age I was and whatever cultural phenomena I was paying attention to."
Sundance Cinema Sunset – West Hollywood, CA
Opening September 7th
Sept. 7th w/Q&A with wife (and Off-Ramp commentator) Mimi Pond and producer Morgan Neville for 7:20 and 9:55 pm shows
Sept. 8th w/Q&A with Wayne White and director Neil Berkeley for 7:20 and 9:55 pm shows
Sept. 9th w/Q&A with Wayne White and director Neil Berkeley for 5:05 pm show
Laemmle Playhouse 7 – Pasadena, CA
Opening September 14th
(Ticket links below)