Strings Without Borders

In this planned cinéma vérité documentary, viewers witness Pierre Bensusan’s creative process—on the road in New York, Aspen, Paris, and Dublin, in scenes shot backstage, on the streets, in concert, and with friends like legendary guitarists Steve Vai, Bobby Thomas Jr. of Weather Report, Ry Cooder, and others. We’ll see rare footage, including shots of Pierre playing a mind-blowing duet with the late finger-style great Michael Hedges. Our cameras are behind the scenes with the masters as they discuss set lists, work out solos and harmonies, and trade licks.

Bensusan has recorded ten albums—six with Rounder Records, three with Favored Nations—and an anthology. In 2002, Intuite was named Best Acoustic Instrumental Album as well as Guitar Album of the Year by the Association for Independent Music. John Kelman, writing in All About Jazz, sums it up this way: “Bensusan’s remarkable technical ability has never been in question, but it’s the sheer musicality and lyricism of his body of work that has cemented his position as one of the most accomplished acoustic guitarists on the planet.”

Strings Without Borders allows viewers an intimate window on the life of this dedicated and prolific musician.