The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
Artist Chuck Connelly sold to MoMA in the early eighties and was on the cusp of major success. However, his grudges, alcoholism and real or imagined slights have pushed him to outsider status, on the edge of the art world. Filmed by director Jeff Stimmel and Connelly's wife Laurence Groux, Chuck rails against the art establishment and the world while maintaining a fearsome rate of production. His marriage breaks down during filming, brought on by financial difficulty and Connelly's destructive attitude. The film explores the reality behind the concept of the 'tortured artist' whilst simultaneously challenging the concept - is Connelly contorting himself to a cultural mould?