Llyn Foulkes One Man Band, the documentary about the eccentric artist and musician, is shared by director Tamar Halpern. We discuss the manic talent and volatile creativity that caused Foulkes to abandon his success as a visual artist, end a marriage, and go on a continuing creative bender for decades in this uncensored BYOD interview that highlights the film and the mystery that is Llyn Foulkes.
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Tamar Halpern is the co-director and co-producer of LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND, along with Chris Quilty. This is her first feature documentary which began after casting Foulkes as an actor in her feature Your Name Here. They continued filming for seven more years until Foulkes was at last rediscovered by the art world. Tamar also wrote and directed Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, starring Mira Sorvino, Michael Urie and Joe Pantoliano and Shelf Life, starring Betsy Brandt of Breaking Bad.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
01:20 Introducing Tamar Halpern.
02:00 Artist Llyn Foulkes loses gallery support amidst a clash of commerce and art.
09:10 One Man Band clip: The lost frontier.
15:00 One Man Band clip: How far to push it / Reception as an artist.
21:00 One Man Band clip: Failed marriage / The Awakening.
26:00 Foulkes’s career retrospective and massive art collection.
31:00 One Man Band clip: Ex-wife seeing The Awakening / Hammer show.
37:30 Halpern’s methods of distribution and the art world’s response to the film.
48:10 One Man Band clip: Montage of Llyn’s work.
48:30 Thanks and goodbye.