Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story Directed by Neil Berkeley, 2012
The irreverent, inspiring story of the 3-time Emmy® and MTV Video Music Award winner
For more than 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world. As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician, White created images and ideas that are an integral–yet sometimes subconscious–part of the pop-culture lexicon.
Part biography, part live performance, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from his stint as an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse (for which he won three Emmys®), as well as his work animating music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”) and Peter Gabriel (“Big Time”).
At its core, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING shows what it takes for one uniquely talented, profanely hilarious and utterly uncompromising artist to make it in America.
Full Screen Slide Show Featuring Original Wayne White Art; Wayne White’s Complete One-Man Show; Wayne Performing “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues”; Mike Quinn Performing “Country Boy in Paradise”; Deleted Scenes
Official Selection, SXSW
Winner, Best Documentary, Cleveland International Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary, Oklahoma City Film Festival