The Genius of Lenny Breau

Broadcast Premiere - March 1999

The Genius of Lenny Breau - Film PosterThis feature-length documentary encompasses a story of one of the “true great geniuses of guitar”, whose life ended abruptly and mysteriously in Los Angeles in 1984 at the age of 43. Breau was known early on when he had Chet Atkins as a mentor. Breau went on to fuse that country influence with jazz, classical and flamenco. But his promising career was cut short as Breau sank deeper into drug use, bringing an end to his music and his life. This documentary was filmed across North America for broadcast on BRAVO!, Vision TV and A-Channel in Canada, and is distributed worldwide by Chum City International.

Produced with Sleeping Giant Productions


Best Performing Arts Program/Series or Arts Documentary Program/Series - 1999 Gemini Awards
Silver Screen Award: 2nd Place - 1999 US International Film & Video Festival
Best Arts Documentary nomination - 1999 Banff TV Festival
Best Feature nomination - 2000 Hot Docs Canadian Programme competition


Emily Hughes

Paul McConvey
Phyllis Laing

Executive Producer
Jim Hanley