Our full interview with Yony Leyser

When articles run in the print edition of the Pitch, they sometimes have to be edited to fit. In the case of this week’s interview with Yony Leyser, the director of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, there were a couple of interesting stories that we just weren’t able to fit in. Here is the interview in its entirety.

How long ago did you start on the film?

Is started five years ago in Lawrence. I was kicked out of Cal Arts Film School in Los Angeles and my sister taught in Lawrence. I went there and started developing the project. I wrote an article for the paper called “From Beatnik to Anarchist: Radical Eruptions in Lawrence.” I started working from there. I mentioned Burroughs and started talking to the estate, and was introduced to several of his friends down there, and started working on the project. I had no idea it would turn into such a big movie and how big of a scale it would become.

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