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William S. Burroughs:
A Man Within

Directed by
Yony Leyser

USA / 2010 / 87

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/01/2010, 4:45PM
10/02/2010, 9:30PM
Genius, junkie, gun-toting iconoclast, Harvard grad, lethal lover, lax father, self-proclaimed “queer,” and heir to the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, William S. Burroughs authored “Naked Lunch” and “Queer,” two of the most pivotal novels of the second half of the twentieth century. A visionary, Burroughs influenced generations of artists, and though he loathed labels, he, along with Kerouac and Ginsberg, formed the vanguard of the “Beat Generation.” An homage to the newsreels of the 1940s and 1950s, his ironic poem, “Thanksgiving Day: 1986” is as timely today as it was in when first written. Packed with commentary from the likes of John Waters, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Gus Van Sant, Iggy Pop, along with extensive archival footage of Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol, director Yony Leyser paints a rich portrait of an elusive and complicated man. At once intimate and expansive, this is compelling viewing, not to be missed. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
Tony Leyser is a 25-year-old filmmaker living in Chicago, Illinois. He has directed several short films. After film school, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and began his passionate first feature film, "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within," about one of the most interesting icons of the 20th century,

He also works as a curator, video artist and photographer, documenting people who are outside the mainstream of society. His photograph series have included Ida, a utopian transgender commune in Tennessee; Christiana, an anarchist village in Copenhagen; Kopi, Berlin's largest squat, and naked bike rides in the US. His work has been shown work in galleries and theaters in Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Los Angeles. Yony Leyser brings a more personal perspective to Burroughs' legacy, examining the private versus the public persona of Burroughs and the effect this may have had on his most intimate self.

Cast/Featuring: John Waters, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Gus Van Sant, Iggy Pop
Producer(s): Carmine Cervi, Scott Crary, Ilko Davidov, Yony Leyser
Director(s): Yony Leyser
Screenwriter(s): Yony Leyser
Editor(s): Ilko Davidov
Composer(s)/Music: JJ and Bernard, The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar with Sonic Youth, Devin McNulty, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo
Courtesy of: Oscilloscope Laboratories




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