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Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley
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Watson and the Shark (46.310) — John Singleton Copley


Thursday, January 17, 2013 – Sunday, January 20, 2013

(USA/2012—directed by Neil Berkeley)

Wayne White was raised in the mountains of Tennessee, which may well seem an unlikely background for the celebrated cartoonist who went on to design the extraordinary, iconic physical universe of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Neil Berkeley’s engaging documentary portrait of Wayne White chronicles the vaulted highs and troubling lows of a commercial artist whose life becomes a tightrope, delicately balanced between the need to work and the high demands of the art he loves so deeply. At the core of the film, White guides us through his wonderfully entertaining life story by way of his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show consisting of performance pieces as well as his dryly witty “word paintings,” which have brought him to the attention of the world of fine art. (87 min.)

“A thoughtful, skillfully executed pure pop pleasure, from start to finish.” –Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“A funny, enormously entertaining film… one of the more pleasurable moviegoing experiences I’ve had this year.” –Leonard Maltin

“The creativity grows like kudzu in Beauty is Embarrassing, and it yields a thousand blossoms. Enlightening and hilarious.” –Andy Webster, The New York Times

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Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday, January 18 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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