Waiting for Hockney Directed by Julie Checkoway, 2010
A fascinating meditation on art, perseverance and obsession
Maryland artist Billy Pappas devoted eight years and five months of his life to a single drawing of Marilyn Monroe. Working on a microscopic level, he hoped to create an entirely new art form.
When Billy finally completes his portrait, he believes only one person can determine whether he has succeeded: Renowned contemporary artist David Hockney. WAITING FOR HOCKNEY narrates the offbeat and poignant story of Billy and the eccentric people who believe in him as they conspire in the service of one grand concept. Through Billy’s experiences with his art and with Hockney himself, the film explores the fine line between dreams and delusions, and between perseverance and obsession.
A lively tribute to art, to dreams, and to life, Julie Checkoway’s WAITING FOR HOCKNEY illuminates both the perils and payoffs of one man single-mindedly pursuing his dream to its ultimate conclusion
Official Selection Full Frame Film Festival; Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival; Official Selection Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival; Official Selection Maryland Film Festival