Aaron Brookner, nephew of the late documentarian Howard Brookner, is currently seeking support to digitally restore his uncle’s famous documentary Burroughs; a portrait of extraordinary and infamous beat writer, William S. Burroughs. The documentary, directed by Howard Brookner features technical work by Jim Jarmusch (director of The Limits of Control) who operated sound and Tom DiCillo (director of When You’re Strange) who operated camera.
The official Kickstarter page for the project, where you can read about the project and pledge to support the restoration, describes the film thus:
“Burroughs: The Movie explores one of the greatest American writers and thinkers with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated, featuring Burroughs along with many of his contemporaries including Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Francis Bacon, Herbert Hunke, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and Lauren Hutton. The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner, begun in 1978 as Brookner’s senior thesis at NYU film school before expanding into a feature completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner’s.”
To watch footage from the film and hear Aaron Brookner talk about the project, take a look at the following youtube video:
The official cut-off date for pledges is the 31st December 2012.
You can visit the Facebook page for the project here.