Exclusive cineGLAAD Video: Yony Leyser, Director of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

By GLAAD |
January 28, 2010

While at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, GLAAD was proud to include Yony Leyser, the director of the Slamdance Film Festival documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, on our panel discussion Out Loud: The Role of a Publicist & Creating Buzz For Your LGBT Festival Film.

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is the 25-year-old filmmaker's passion project on which he has worked for the past four years. The fascinating film features never-before-seen footage of Burroughs, a trailblazing author who wrote of his experiences in queer culture in the 1950's, most notably in his novel Naked Lunch. Additionally, the film features interviews with out directors Gus Van Sant and John Waters, as well as Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and many more notable figures.

In the video below, GLAAD's Director of Entertainment Media, Taj Paxton interviews Leyser about his experiences as a young openly gay filmmaker promoting his first festival film. To view the trailer and learn more, please visit the official website of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.


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