REVIEW: WAITING FOR HOCKNEY
One might describe 38-year-old Maryland artist Billy Pappas as stubborn, egotistic or even psychotic. Sure, he might be all three, but there’s one admirable creative quality that shines through the rest: driven..
A lively tribute to art, to dreams and to life, WAITING FOR HOCKNEY illuminates both the perils and payoffs of one man single-mindedly pursuing his dream to its ultimate conclusion..
Fueled by an intense study on human anatomy and exquisite attention to detail, or as Pappas describes, “working within the area of a period in a newspaper,” he devotes eight years and five months full-time to a single drawing hoping to create the “next major art movement in America.” After the completion of his portrait, he reaches out to renowned contemporary artist David Hockney, who Pappas believes is the one person that can determine his success in the art world.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
WAITING FOR HOCKNEY premiered on the Sundance Channel in November 2009 and was an official entry in more than a dozen film festivals, including the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
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