At age seventy, Los Angeles–based painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, three-dimensional "pictures" layering real objects and shadows. When no one attends his New York show, he blames himself. With commentary from Dennis Hopper, we learn that Foulkes was kicked out of the Ferus Gallery for insulting another artist's work, setting the tone for the next fifty years of his refusal to sell out.
Twenty years after performing on The Tonight Show, he plays "The Machine" alone, a one-man band in both music and art. This intimate portrait follows Llyn Foulkes—part Clint Eastwood, part political anarchist—and his obsessive craft and process over eight years.
Directed by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty. USA, 2013, digital, color/B&W, 88 min.