Beauty Is Embarrassing

'Beauty Is Embarrassing'

SXSW Film Reviews

Beauty Is Embarrassing

Documentary Spotlight
D: Neil Berkeley; with Wayne White

Chances are Wayne White has influenced you and you don't even know it. Illustrator, musician, cartoonist, property master, painter, puppet master, actor, and, most notably for some, a key creative figure for the beloved Pee-wee's Playhouse (as well as the creator and voice of the puppets Randy and Dirty Dog), White came up in New York's infamous, early Eighties East Village tsunami of Warhol et al. before finding his way into chez Pee-wee. Three Emmys and an MTV Award for the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" video later, however, he continued to toil in Hollywood's CGI salt mines. First-time director Neil Berkeley's look at White's everyday life and his perspective on the compromise and contradictions of art and family, as well as testimonials from disciples Mark Mothersbaugh, Matt Groening, Paul Reubens, and Todd Oldham, all make this a future perennial favorite on the order of Crumb.

Wednesday, March 14, 4:45pm, Canon

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Sake-Bomb'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Amy Smith, March 15, 2013

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'LICKS'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Jessi Cape, March 15, 2013

More by Anne Harris
Making the Cut
Making the Cut
New season of Project Runway puts Austin designer Lindsey Creel in the spotlight

Aug. 7, 2015

Austin Dames Host Kitchen Sale Fundraiser
Austin Dames Host Kitchen Sale Fundraiser
Rummage for groovy kitchenware at Mueller Farmers' Market

June 12, 2015

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

SXSW, Beauty Is Embarrassing, Wayne White

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle