The Next Big Thing'. I could have told them they should come up with a better title and not be confused with the sound-alike... I could have told them (and often did, subtly) about a lot of changes they should have made. When I shipped the work to NYC I included used water buckets and several of my old hardware store brushes for props, along with photos of my palette of paint pots which made easy access to the gobs of paint it takes to create large abstract paintings.
Note the sizes of the brush and palette used to create the above painting (he is shown working on the requested work in progress for the above piece.) I cringed when I saw the tiny brush in the movie. Well, I cringed about some other things as well, but all in all, it wasn't as bad as a lot of other movies I've seen over the years. The artist goes on to have a show in the 'Whitley' (sic) Museum... about as close as my work will ever come to being included in the Whitney Museum.
The movie premiered in NYC the same weekend as another independent movie, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'... a friend sent me a photo with the two movies on the same marquee, I've got it around here somewhere... and she remarked about the silliness of the title of the other movie... which, as you know, went on to be the sleeper hit of the year. If you google The Next Big Thing, you'll get lots of hits, but few of them are for the movie... ya gotta think about search engines when you title something these days!
A page of images of some of the other work included in the movie can be found here. The film is available from Netflix, but remember, it didn't get rave reviews for a reason. But never mind all that, it was a terrific opportunity; J and I could have been in the 'Whitley' audience with a speaking part: "It's him!" ...but we couldn't make the trip, the producer was a joy to work with and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Other points: They found my work on my website, and yes, I was properly compensated, plus they paid shipping both ways.