Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City

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When Heather Spore left the Broadway production of Wicked, she asked herself the same question every newly unemployed actor does: what to do now? In her wildest dreams, Spore couldn’t have guessed that she would become a film producer. A musical theater actress all of her life, Heather has easily bragged about notable accomplishments like being a member of the closing cast of the original Sullivan Street The Fantasticks, acting in the cult musical The Last Starfighter, appearing at 54 Below and remaining. with the Wicked family for over twelve years, but when her husband, film actor Brian Kelly, decided he wanted to direct a documentary film about the virtually unknown painter Edward Brezinski, the devoted wife (and fan) Spore took said to her spouse, “How can I help? And, thus, followed years of on-the-job training in how to make a movie.

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City

With Brian Kelly acting as producer, director and artistic director of the project, the Texas-born soprano took on every vacancy along the way, sometimes acting as cinematographer, grip, researcher, pack mule. , organizer, chef, cook. , and bottle washer because (as is usually the case when spouses work together on a project, especially an artistic one), it’s all about the partnership, and Brian Kelly and Heather Spore Kelly are partners.

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City

Today, these partners are one week away from the MAKE ME FAMOUS premiere in New York.

In the words of their own press release, Make Me Famous is described as follows:

An investigation into the legacy and mysterious disappearance of painter Edward Brezinski becomes a sharp and witty portrait of the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s. Gallery owners and other artists thrive on gossip insiders, denounce and contradict each other as they tell the story, resulting in an irresistible snapshot of an unknown artist who captures the spirit of an iconic era.

Actors: Edward Brezinski, David McDermott, Peter McGough, Marguerite Van Cook, James Romberger, Eric Bogosian, Claudia Summers, Kenny Scharf, Richard Hambleton, Patti Astor, Sur Rodney Sur, Walter Robinson, Marcus Leatherdale, Robert Hawkins, Mark Kostabi, Frank Holliday, Duncan Hannah, Annina Nosei, Miguel Pinero and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City

In an October 7 article by David Reddish (HERE) on Queerty, the film is chosen as a MUST SEE with this description:

This new documentary chronicles New York’s queer art scene in the 1980s, when urban decay, AIDS and the crack epidemic threatened artists’ lives on a daily basis. The film focuses on the life of Edward Brezinski, a friend of famous artists Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz and Jean-Michel Basquiat. While Brezinski would never reach the same levels of fame, he became a force within underground art, exemplified by his ever-ambitious quest for success. With new interviews and archival footage, the ’80s and Brezinksi come to life, recounting a famous moment in art history and culminating in its mysterious demise.

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
© Joseph Szkodzinski

Writing and producing the film together, Kelly and Spore took a deep dive into the ’80s art scene, interviewing a series of eccentrics who reveal the little-known painter through memories of Edward’s antics and extreme motivation. art while exposing the history of the Lower East Side art movement in the 1980s from an insider’s perspective. Through an investigation in the south of France, Heather and Brian also uncover the truth about what happened to Brezinski and his mysterious “death” on the French Riviera. With the support of artists and movement photographers, the film is a rich time capsule of the art world of the 1980s at a time when creativity was the ultimate prize. Over seven hundred images have been compiled from the time. The original art was commissioned for the film by 1980s artists Richard Hambleton, James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook. “Make Me Famous” features never-before-seen video archives of the art world of the 80s and clips from the very influential art films of the time. The film has a New Wave soundtrack by Jeremiah Bornfield (“Hitchcock / Truffaut,” “Diane.”) The film was shot in New York, LA, Detroit, Ireland, France and Berlin.

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
© Jonathan La Poste

A graduate of the theater division of The Juilliard School with over a dozen feature films under the name Brian Vincent, Brian Kelly met Heather Spore on the sidewalk of the block where they lived, two doors down one of the ‘other. Now married eleven years, six of which were spent creating MAKE ME FAMOUS, the freshman filmmakers spent their forties and months after New York City reopened with Brian applying to film festivals while that Heather was studying the technical side of filmmaking and (specifically) marketing, advertising, and the power of social media to bring a film to the public eye. Set to open MAKE ME FAMOUS at the NEWFEST Film Festival on October 17 (post link HERE), Spore herself is considering starting a business helping others market through social media, a self-taught expert on the subject. As many already know, but Spore can attest, the internet is a mine of learning opportunities, and the whole journey in film production (from day one of filming to opening night) has been a journey of discovery. revealing and an ongoing lesson in how much one can learn online to improve one’s trajectory. Heather jokes that their career focus came before they had a family, so MAKE ME FAMOUS is her child, and will take care of it, she will. Spore and Kelly will both be front and center on October 17 at the MAKE ME FAMOUS premiere at NEWFEST with a Q&A afterwards – due to COVID precautions, the filmmakers will be the only speakers on the panel, but since then they were the driving force behind the making of the film, the Kellys are the two people best suited to tell the stories behind the scenes.

Along the MAKE ME FAMOUS route, Brian and Heather found themselves part of a new community. After living their entire adult lives as members of the show business community, their deep dive into Edward and the other ’80s artists took them to studios and living rooms as they interviewed and discussed the decade, artists and lasting effect. about the industry and the community today. Hugged by these interviewees, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly gathered new experiences and new friends, many of whom pledged to attend this opening night. This won’t be the only new family Heather and Brian will be inducted into because of MAKE ME FAMOUS, as the film festival circuit includes a new set of friends, contacts and artists to know, which in turn will in turn, leads to the film community as a whole.

Sunday night at 7 a.m., Brian and Heather Kelly will step into a larger consciousness in a new world of adventure, all because of their determination to tell the story of Edward Brezinski, an artist who couldn’t be successful in life. or death.

Finally, his story will be told.

For information and tickets for the NEWFEST premiere of MAKE ME FAMOUS, visit the NEWFEST website HERE.

MAKE ME FAMOUS is present on all social media platforms:

Instagram HERE

Facebook HERE

Twitter HERE

THIS is the MAKE ME FAMOUS website.

See Heather Spore in action at Feinstein / 54 below HERE

Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
Heather Spore is seen as Glinda on Broadway
Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
© Andreas Sterzing
Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
Brian Kelly and Heather Spore on their wedding day.
Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
© Gary Azon
Broadway, Off-Broadway and Cabaret artist Heather Spore to present her first film as a producer, MAKE ME FAMOUS, on October 17 in New York City
Edward Brezinski by Katherine Dumas



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