Beauty is Embarrassing


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

Remember watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse when you were younger and thinking, "This set must have been created by a bunch of dudes smoking drugs and having a good time?" As it turns out, the set of Pee-Wee's Playhouse was created by a bunch of dudes smoking drugs and having a good time. But what happened to those dudes after the show ended? BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING is the story of Wayne White, Emmy Award-winning artist, set designer, and puppeteer of Pee-Wee's Playhouse and many more shows, music videos, and films. Personal, joyful, and irreverent, this documentary is an outrageously fun and outlandish look at the man who bucked tradition in the quest to become the artist of his dreams. We get a behind-the-scenes look at all of White's major contributions to pop art. We also get a peek at his process of creating the modern art he is currently renowned for. The kid in you will relish the chance to meet the man who created some of your favorite memories, and the adult in you will admire White's drive and persistence to be himself, no matter the cost. If you've ever wanted to be an artist, or have ever wanted to experience the process of unique creation, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING is your film. – T.W.

Neil Berkeley

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Neil Berkeley has been a design producer and content developer for some of TV's most popular shows. He currently owns and operates his design-based production company BRKLY.

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This film is presented with the generous support of DAVID W. WITTKOWSKY and JAMES S. ANDERSON.

Community Partner

SPACES Gallery

Cleveland Institute of Art

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