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Guest of Cindy Sherman


Filmmaker Paul H-O confronts his own ego and identity after analyzing his relationship with reclusive artist Cindy Sherman in this documentary that offers a unique perspective on the New York City art scene.
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Filmmaker Paul H-O confronts his own ego and identity after analyzing his relationship with reclusive artist Cindy Sherman in this documentary that offers a unique perspective on the New York City art scene.
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Special Features

Packed with over two hours of additional, never-before-seen footage and an 8-page full color booklet; Commentary by the filmmakers on the making of the controversial documentary; Interview outtakes with Eric Bogosian, Danny Devito, Eric Fischl, Carol Kane, Robert Longo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Waters and others; Artist Spencer Tunick's first media appearance-a nude installation at the United Nations
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Paul Hasegawa-Overacker, better known as Paul H-O, has an interesting story to tell about the New York art scene of the 1990s. As one of the hosts of GalleryBeat, a public-access program, he was on the fringes of the scene, but that gave him a surprising level of access he got people to talk more freely because they knew the audience was small and the uniquely skewed perspective of the outsider. These elements coalesce into an engaging document in Guest of Cindy Sherman, which offers an overview of the TV show, with particular emphasis on his relationship with the esteemed and famously reclusive photographer. H-O shares directing credit with accomplished indie producer/editor Tom Donahue, but thankfully, the filmmakers are unabashed about showing the less successful moments of his TV career, including a hilarious on-camera verbal beatdown by Julian Schnabel. The story of the rise and fall of H-O's romance with Sherman holds a certain fascination. H-O doesn't exactly handle living in her shadow gracefully, but at least he demonstrates some degree of self-awareness, and allows others to point out that his difficulty in accepting their respective roles is connected to a distinctly male sense of entitlement and ego. The film is more valuable as an entertainingly fast-paced look at Sherman's significance as a female artist whose primary subject was identity, and at the art boom of the late '90s and its discontents. H-O has made an engaging, funny, and illuminating film; one hopes he would appreciate the irony of the fact that he's the least interesting thing in it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 880198114297
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Microcinema
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul H-O Participant
Cindy Sherman Participant
Technical Credits
Tom Donahue Director, Editor, Producer
Paul H-O Director, Producer
Elissa Birke Associate Producer
Patty Casby Associate Producer
Ted Greenberg Associate Producer
Abraham Hertzel Associate Producer
Andrew Herwitz Associate Producer
Anura Idupuganti Producer
Dane Lawing Cinematographer
Ben Neil Score Composer
Stefan Nowicki Executive Producer
Leigh Roberts Score Composer
Christopher Trela Executive Producer
Benjamin Weber Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guest of Cindy Sherman
2. Introducing Paul H-O [6:56]
3. Gonzl GalleryBeat [5:59]
4. Breath Mints & Hair [7:20]
5. Masturbatory Exercises [3:44]
6. The Best Artist in the Universe [3:10]
7. Magic Timing [4:46]
8. Ego-Driven Pomposity [6:16]
9. You're in, Paul [6:56]
10. The Best Phase of My Life [6:11]
11. Flying High [4:46]
12. Surflike [6:32]
13. Snakes in the Grass [6:24]
15. Guest of Cindy Sherman [5:39]
16. The Beginning of the End [5:32]
17. Art World Gone Mad [6:41]
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Disc #1 -- Guest of Cindy Sherman
   Special Features
      The Filmmakers
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Eyebrow Affair
      Eric Bogosian
      John Waters
      Danny DeVito
      Roberta Smith
      Sean Landers & Michelle Reyes-Landers
      Carol Kane - Preparing With the Pictures
      Robert Longo
      Eric Fischl
      Cecily Brown
      CalleryBeat - Spencer Tunick's UN Shoot
      GalleryBeat - Intro to the First Episode
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