Continuing our pre-coverage of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, above you will find the trailer for a documentary called Waiting for Hockney. I love docs about eccentric people, and this one definitely seems to be going in that direction: Basically, Waiting for Hockney follows a guy named Billy Pappas who graduates art school and decides that his mission in life is to reinvent realism. Thus, he spends the next eight years (yes, EIGHT YEARS) on a single drawing of Marilyn Monroe. It's his intentions to show a microscopic level of detail he hopes will reveal something deeper than photography. Literally, he hopes to create a new art form.
From the synopsis: "Aided, one might even say enabled, by an eccentric cast of characters including a clergyman, a professor and an architect calling himself "Dr. Lifestyle," Billy finally completes the portrait and then begins a quest to show it to renowned contemporary artist David Hockney, the one person he thinks can validate everything for which Billy has been striving." Waiting for Hockney was directed by Julie Checkoway and it will premiere later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.