Oscilloscope acquires 'Burroughs' doc

Film will also play PBS' 'Independent Lens'

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Yony Leyse's documentary "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within." The film, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, will be released theatrically in the fall and also broadcast as part of PBS' "Independent Lens" series.

The doc features new archival footage of the beat writer, as well as 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. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Smith and Sonic Youth.

Oscilloscope partner David Fenkel said, "Yony has managed to make a film that captures so much of what Burroughs was about and what he means to so many people."

Josh Braun and Jason Janego of Submarine negotiated the deals with Fenkel on behalf of Oscilloscope and Lois Vossen on behalf of "Independent Lens." George Rush provided the filmmaker's legal services.
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