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ART OF FAILURE: CHUCK CONNELLY NOT FOR SALE, THE

USA, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Arts and Minds)

Director: Jeff Stimmel

ART OF FAILURE: CHUCK CONNELLY NOT FOR SALE, THE

“The greatest passion of my life is something that makes me sick to my stomach.” - Chuck Connelly

Alongside Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Connelly was the darling of the 80s New York art scene, lauded as a neo-Van Gogh and selling millions of dollars worth of paintings. But soused in alcohol, drugs and fame, Connelly's belligerence and self-destructive temper saw him alienate a standoffish art world.

Chronicling six years of Connelly's life as he tries to re-find favour with the art market, The Art of Failure is a document of a painter whose artistic gift is rivalled by a talent for auto-sabotage.

“People who buy art may romanticize the image of the pugnacious, independent, oil-smattered, artmaking reprobate. But they aren't quite as enchanted when the real thing comes along.” - Washington Post

D/P Jeff Stimmel WS Films Transit TD digibeta/2008

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