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BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING Preview screening

West End Cinema

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Washington, DC

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING Preview screening

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The Atlas Theater, Gallery O on H Street and the West End Cinema invite you to a special preview of BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

 

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm

The Atlas Theatre

1333 H Street Northeast  Washington, DC 20002

We are pleased to announce that artist Wayne White, the subject of BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, will appear at the West End Cinema on Saturday, October 20 for a Q&A! Check out www.westendcinema.com for updated showtimes.

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING opens at the West End Cinema on October 19.

For over 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world.  As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician, Mr. White created 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 the only thing his body and mind were made to do…create.  Whether the world acknowledges it or not.

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 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’s.  It follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows like Beakman’s World and 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.  The film, like White, embraces the ragged edges and messy contradictions of life, art, and family with rabid humor and honesty.

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 peeled back layer after layer of Wayne’s singular creative process and his astonishingly prolific career. In addition to the 300+ hours of footage shot by Berkeley and his team, the director discovered hours of video which White shot throughout his career including never-before-seen behind the scenes footage of the making of Pee-wee’s Playhouse – now included in Beauty Is Embarrassing.

Wayne White’s trip to the top came relatively early in life but was followed by fall that felt all too real.  Yet, as Wayne explains in the film, there are sometimes second acts in life that take us to new heights – without compromise. 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.

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The Atlas Theater
1333 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)


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West End Cinema

We. Love. Movies. We love them. From summer blockbusters to offbeat indie dramas, we want to see them all. But here in Washington, we realize that all those art house, off-the-beaten-path kinds of films can be hard to find. The reason for this is simple: there just aren't enough art house, off-the-beaten path kinds of theaters to show them. That's where we come in. We rallied a team of dedicated film buffs around us, found a deserted theater just begging for a makeover, and brought West End Cinema to life. We show independent, foreign, and documentary films, especially ones that we feel offer new intellectual and cultural perspectives to our audience.

The films themselves are obviously the point, here, but as we all know, great amenities can really be the cherry on top of your Sunday night at the cinema… or better yet, the olive in your martini. West End Cinema offers a full bar and a wide range of concessions, from popcorn to baklava to gourmet sandwiches. And yes, yes, we also have candy.

So, there you have it. Friends, fellow film buffs, random passersby, join us. Make West End Cinema your bridge to the wide world of film, a gathering place for the entire DC film community, a major patch in the cultural fabric of our nation's capital… or just come see a movie some time.

After all, there are a million stories out there, and we want to tell them all.

-- West End Cinema

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