“Critics’ Pick: Enlightening and often hilarious…this exuberant documentary’s most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humour, family and old friends.” — The New York Times

“A buoyant, engaging, visually alluring portrait.” — Los Angeles Times

November 15, 2012 – New York, New York — For over 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world.  As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician, White has produced images and ideas that are an integral yet sometimes subconscious part of the pop culture lexicon. To this day, he still gets up every morning to do one thing: create.

On the heels of a national theatrical debut, Docurama Films, a label of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, released Neil Berkeley’s feature documentary on cable VOD (on-demand) and digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon VOD, Xbox 360 and PlayStation. The DVD from Docurama Films releases on January 22, 2013.

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING is a funny and inspiring profile of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. Acting as his own narrator, White guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show.

The film traces White’s career from 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 Emmy Awards.  The film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows like Beakman’s World and award-winning music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”) and Peter Gabriel (“Big Time”), through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. As Wayne explains in the film, there are sometimes second acts in life that take us to new heights…without compromise.

For two years, filmmaker Neil Berkeley traveled with White through Houston, Miami, New York, Chattanooga, Nashville and Los Angeles retracing Wayne’s steps from childhood to parenthood.  He peels back layer after layer of Wayne’s singular creative process and his astonishingly prolific career. In addition to the more than 300 hours of footage shot by Berkeley and his team, the director discovered hours of video which White shot throughout his career including rare behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, now included in the film.


“A vivid, fluorescent-colored portrait of a sane man possessed with insane creativity.” —Village Voice

“One of the greatest examples of a career celebration ever.” — PopMatters


Additionally, the film features interviews with White’s wife, cartoonist and graphic novelist Mimi Pond, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Matt Groening, Gary Panter, Ric Heitzman and Paul Rubens, among others.

“I grew up dead center in the middle of Wayne’s artistic achievements,” says Berkeley.  “My childhood seemed to track every professional move he 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 his ‘word paintings.’  His work seemed to be right in line with whatever cultural phenomena I was paying attention to.”

About Docurama Films
In 1999, Docurama Films® launched with the first feature documentary available on DVD: D.A. Pennebaker’s iconic film on Bob Dylan, “Dont Look Back.” Twelve years and 300 award-winning, highly-acclaimed documentary titles later, Docurama continues to discover and release the greatest non-fiction films of our time while spreading the word about filmmakers who are taking the form to new heights.  Docurama’s catalog features an array of topics including the performing and visual arts, history, politics, the environment, ethnic and gender interests, and all-time favorites including “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” “Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides” andKing Corn.” Recent titles include the Oscar®-nominated films “Gasland,” “Hell and Back Again” and “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.”

About Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Cinedigm Entertainment Group (CEG), a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., is an end-to-end digital distribution company delivering content in theaters, across digital and on-demand platforms, and on DVD/Blu-ray. CEG reaches a global digital audience through partnerships with iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, and others. The company’s library of over 5,000 titles includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company® and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. CEG is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including Hell and Back Again, GasLand, Waste Land, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita. Current and upcoming CEG multi-platform releases include The Invisible War, Citadel, In Our Nature, 22 Bullets and Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey. [CIDM-G]

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