I had the pleasure of screening Beauty is Embarrassing at LACMA’s Bing Theater last night, and I couldn’t have been more delighted. It’s the story of Wayne White, who you know but don’t. All of your favorite Pee Wee’s Playhouse sets? His. Those internet famous word paintings? His. Your favorite Smashing Pumpkins video? Also his.
It’s amazing and rare to see and experience the essence of a truly creative spirit, and this documentary captures it so truly. I was on a high for the rest of the night. I wanted to make things, but I don’t know how, so I steamed some asparagus and ruminated on how wonderful it is when someone who is truly talented and good gets the success and acclaim they deserve.
Run, don’t walk, to see this movie. If it’s not in your town? Do everything you can to get it there, you won’t be sorry.