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Burroughs: The Movie

Burroughs: The Movie

May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A screening of Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary from The Criterion Collection

Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet—filmed over the course of five years—Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend. That changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director’s nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of Burroughs: The Movie, a one-of-a-kind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo. The film features on-screen appearances by artist friends of Burroughs including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith, and Terry Southern.

Novelist Stewart Meyer, a protégé of William S. Burroughs, will read from his classic Lotus Crew – tales from the early 80’s heroin street trade on the Lower East Side – accompanied by the photographer / filmmaker David Schmidlapp’s projections.

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