Make Me Famous


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

An investigation of Edward Brezinski, an ambitious, charismatic Lower East Side painter hell-bent on success, who thwarted his own career with antics that roiled NYC’s art elite.  Brezinski’s quest for fame gives an intimate portrait of the art world’s attitude towards success and failure, fame and fortune, notoriety and erasure.

SYNOPSIS

A series of art collectors, dealers, historians, museum representatives, and fellow contemporary artists reveal unknown painter, Edward Brezinski whose dynamic expressionistic style focused primarily on the human figure.  These storytellers divulge Brezinski’s hell-bent aspirations for success as well as the impediments that held him back. Edward was most often his own worst enemy. Ever on the edge of success he would thwart opportunity by erupting in righteous anger against perceived hypocrisy in the art world. Unfortunately for Brezinski these episodes were witnessed in full public view, as they occurred at major art openings. This caused him to be excluded from consideration from any prominent gallery. Blessed with monumental talent and latent entrepreneurship, he started his own gallery in his fifth floor apartment across from a men's shelter, which he called The Magic Gallery.
          Our film contains over 700 images compiled from artists and photographers of the 80s art scene.  Original artwork has been created for the film by artists, Romberger/Van Cook and Richard Hambleton. The film was shot in NYC, LA, Detroit, Ireland, France, and Berlin.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

The film brings forward a popular era while unearthing many artists, photographers, and stories that have seldom been in the public eye. This time period is known for breakout artists like Basquiat and Keith Haring but there were many other artists who made a powerful impact. Edward Brezinski was a highly skilled and committed painter within that same community.  Just because a person isn’t famous doesn’t mean he is worthless.  During arguably the last great art explosion in American history, Make Me Famous tells the story of painter Edward Brezinski in his quest for fame in the 80s NYC art scene. Told by the artists and gallery owners themselves, the film is in the vein of the groundbreaking art documentary of the 70s, Painters on Painting.  The story gives an intimate portrait of what it was like to be an artist in NYC in the 1980s.  It delves into the spirit of the artists themselves… what drove their generation and what they were up against.

As a Juilliard trained actor, I utilize art to help me visualize the characters I play.   My process for character development has always incorporated my own drawings and sketches to better understand each character.  I have always been intrigued by the visual arts.  The effort of ideas to create a piece of art lies solely in the creators hands.  As Eric Bogosian states in the film, actors are always waiting for the phone to ring, but artists can wake up in the morning and say, “What can I create today?”

Brezinski’s art and his devotion to painting makes a lasting impression, but so too do the stories about his self sabotaging, all-or-nothing attitude, and his impulsivity to react to hypocrisy. Wanting to succeed is a great motivator.  To continue trying in the face of adversity is heroic.  This is what I wish the audience to understand in the film.   Art has the ability to restore those who feel broken inside.  It is my hope to make art history come alive for the viewer in an entertaining way…to make the case that any life devoted to art is always worth exploring.

KEY CREW

Heather Spore Kelly - Producer

Heather Spore Kelly (Producer/France Cinematographer/Additional Camera Operator) has been in the NYC theater community for 20 years, a member of both AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She has performed in many regional theaters around the country and was in the closing company of the historic Sullivan Street Playhouse off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, which ran for 43 years. She has been a member of the Award winning Broadway production of Wicked for over 10 years. She can be seen in various film and television roles. The Brezinski Project is her first independent film.

Brian Vincent - Director, Producer

Brian Vincent (Director) a graduate of The Juilliard School drama division (Group 23). A professional actor and member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA for over 20 years, he has starred in over a dozen feature films. Brian was among the first to receive a William & Eva Fox Foundation grant to produce his off-Broadway play at NYC’s Samuel Beckett Theater. He directed and edited the short documentary, 'The 10th Candidate' about the 2004 presidential campaign of General Wesley Clark. Brian was an Co Director as well as Producer on the SAG short film 'The Last Trip' (2015) starring Vincent Pastore which he also wrote additional content.

Eugene McVeigh - Ireland Segment Cinematographer
Eugene McVeigh (Ireland Segment Cinematographer) Director of Photography / Lighting Cameraman based in Northern Ireland, and has worked in the Broadcast & Film industry for over twenty-five years. Working extensively with BBC Network Television, Channel Four(UK) and other leading production companies in the UK and Ireland. His film ‘Dance Lexie Dance’ was nominated by the American Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences for an Oscar in 1998 in the Academy’s ‘Best Live Action’ Category. One of my most recent documentaries 'Cult Of The Suicide Bomber' commissioned by Channel Four (UK) received an EMMY nomination in 2006/7. Working in Broadcast Television, he has filmed everything from News to Drama, with an extensive list of Documentary films and television series.

Jeremiah Bornfield - Composer

Jeremiah received his masters degree in composition at Hunter College in 2009. Studied composition at Juilliard’s evening division and NYU.  Original works for the St Petersburg String Quartet among others.  His classical music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Beijing Central Conservatory. Commercial contracts include Havas Worldwide, Cohen Media Group, and Davies and Starr in NYC. He has written a runway show for New York Fashion Week and a dozen commercial advertisements featuring PayPal, Rizzoli Books, Duty Free Shopping. He is a member of BMI, Society of Composers and Lyricists and is an Emerging Talent Composer in the Manhattan Producers Alliance, as well as composer in residence at CICA Music Festival. Served as Composer for recent films Hitchcock/Truffaut(2017 Cannes Film Festival), Just Within Reach, and Diane(2018 Tribeca Film Festival).  Won the 2017 International Independent Film Award for Best Original Score for Just Within Reach. 

 

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