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Waiting for Hockney (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2008 (USA)
A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there---the ... See full summary »


Julie Checkoway

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Pappas Billy Pappas ... Himself
Larry Link Larry Link ... Himself - Architect
Cookie Pappas Cookie Pappas ... Herself
Bill Schulte Bill Schulte ... Himself
Ben Schapiro Ben Schapiro ... Himself
Jeff Grutkowski Jeff Grutkowski ... Himself - Friend
Stephanie Panos Link Stephanie Panos Link ... Herself
Jim Pappas Jim Pappas ... Himself - Billy's Father
Lawrence Weschler Lawrence Weschler ... Himself
Charlie Scheips Charlie Scheips ... Himself
Gary Vikan Gary Vikan ... Himself - Museum Director (as Dr. Gary Vikan)
René Sterner René Sterner ... Himself - Billy's Administrator (as Brother Rene Sterner)
Gerneen Pappas Gerneen Pappas ... Herself
Will Pappas Will Pappas ... Himself
Neil Rhodes Neil Rhodes ... Himself


A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there---the famous artist David Hockney. What happens when you finally meet the god of your own making? Written by Julie Checkoway

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Art. Ambition. Poppy seed cake.




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2008 (USA) See more »

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Choptank, Maryland, USA See more »

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As the opening credits appear, Billy Pappas is seen riding in a cab. The cab passes by a large Travertine marble building with six imposing columns supporting an imposing pediment. The building is the Baltimore Museum of Art, and two of the banners hanging in front of the building display the name of the museum, along with the commonly known acronym, "BMA". See more »


Billy Pappas: There were no down moments in this thing... everything is hit it hard, like... my life depends on it. Let's let everything go to hell, except excellence... excellence at any cost.
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Haute-volée-Polka, Op. 155
By Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"Portrait" of an artist

The documentary follows artist Billy Pappas and his entourage of advocates on a journey to meet with prolific artist David Hockney. For whose opinion Billy anxiously awaits, believing Hockney to be in some capacity the catalyst agent for the sale of the drawing and/or the furtherance of his career.

First time writer, director Julie Checkoway delivers a well constructed film. The palatable soundtrack hints at emotions but leaves you to draw your own conclusions about Billy Pappas, about David Hockney, about art and about life.

Whether you adore or resent the artist, admire or pity him, after viewing the film Waiting for Hockney, you will consider him.

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