The Brezinski Project

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production



An investigation of Edward Brezinski, charismatic Lower East Side painter on the fringe of success, who thwarted his own career with antics that roiled NYC’s art elite. Our film reveals a unique snapshot of the 1980’s art explosion while we unearth the truth of his mysterious death in the Cote d'Azur.


A phenomenal generation of NYC art talent demanded the world's attention in the 80's. Many know Basquiat , Julian Schnabel and Kenny Scharf but WHO WAS oil painter EDWARD BREZINSKI?  The Brezinski Project is an investigation into a devoted artist with a short fuse for hypocrisy.  Infamous among his peers, we are told Brezinski was the Holden Caulfield of the 80's. Hear from the artists, gallery owners and collectors that ignited the last great supernova of art in NYC. And watch in real time as we investigate Brezinski's mysterious death in Nice.


I have been a professional actor for many years. Part of my early process when approaching a role is to draw the physical character to get a better sense from the outside in. There are always times when an actor is not working or they struggle to find meaningful projects. During those times I have written and have had plays produced. Upon graduating Juilliard in 1994, I was one of the first recipients of the William and Eva Fox Foundation Grant.

I was beginning the process of writing a play when I was introduced to the work of Brezinski by a mutual friend who became an avid collector of his in the 80s.  When I saw the room full of his paintings, I was most fascinated by The Nancy Reagan. Who and why would someone paint her with such haunting colors, a look of worried expectation and a goblin-like face? I had found my subject. After researching and study, it became clear that Brezinski's story would best be told as a documentary.

I have found that this journey has challenged the very nature of what 'making it' really means. That a life devoted to art is always worth exploring.


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 Kelly - Director, Producer

Brian Kelly (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 Associate Director/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.

Eamonn McCrystal - Executive Producer


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