William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
Dir. Yony Leyser
In Theaters 11/17/10 On DVD 02/15/11
Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.
Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950's. His novel Naked Lunch is one of the most recognized and respected literary works of the 20th century and has influenced generations of artists. The intimate documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time.
Yony Leyser is a twenty-five-year-old filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois, and currently living in Berlin. He has directed several short films. After film school, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and began his 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 in galleries and venues in Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Los Angeles.
Narrator Peter Weller As themselves John Waters
Gus Van Sant
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Directed by Yony Leyser Written by Yony Leyser Produced by Carmine Cervi
Edited by Ilko Davidov
Deleted scenes featuring Burroughs' art
Home movies featuring Patti Smith, Steve Buscemi, Allen Ginsberg, and others
More of Burroughs' shotgun art
Sonic Youth visits Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas
Naked Lunch 50th anniversary celebration
"Rub out the word" - a music video featuring Burroughs reading The Last Words of Hassan Sabbah
Patti Smith reads Psalm 23 Revisited
Q&A with director Yony Leyser at BFI London Film Festival 2010
Catalog Number: OSC-027