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Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2014)

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During the seven years chronicled in the film, artist and musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys, and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage, while trying to keep afloat in the fickle art market. With interviews from veterans of the 1960s Los Angeles art scene such as Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reconstructs Foulkes's uncompromising, up-and-down career as he was kicked out of the legendary Ferus Gallery and walked away from a successful career as an L.A. pop artist. Structured like one of Foulkes's constantly reworked paintings, the film tracks his artistic struggles, ending as he is at last rediscovered by the international art world at age 77. With music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented musical instrument he calls "The Machine," Llyn Foulkes One Man Band is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world. (C) Tamaroland

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It's inspiring to see a unique talent finally get his due, even if - or maybe because - it took until his late 70s to get there.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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It's a portrait of the artist as a charmingly uncompromising septuagenarian.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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An illuminating portrait of the artist as a hermetic, self-doubting, obsessive-compulsive perfectionist.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Variety
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Mr. Foulkes overwhelms this documentary, which buys into his one-man band a little too much.

May 6, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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While his obsessiveness seems neurotic, and watching this film is not always comfortable, it also seems to be all part of the process.

May 6, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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...a compelling, thoughtful, and sometimes hilarious depiction of the myriad factors weighing down a paintbrush as it struggles to meet a canvas.

June 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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