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 filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, and that features on-screen appearances by fellow artists of Burroughs's, including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Terry Southern, and Lucien Carr.
New audio commentary by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch who was a sound recordist on the film
Audio Interview with director Howard Brookner from 1985
New interview with Brookner's nephew, filmmaker Aaron Brookner, who oversaw the film's restoration
Footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film's restoration, featuring a Q&A with Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, filmmaker Tom DiCillo, and William S. Burroughs's friend and fellow writer James Grauerholz
Twenty-three-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton III
An essay by critic Luc Sante and collage artwork by artist Alison Mosshart