Burroughs at 100: The Films of William S Burroughs
Monday, February 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
A screening of the William S Burrough's films Towers Open Fire, The Cut-Ups, and Bill and Tony.
with commentary by Mindaugis Bagdon
In the early sixties, William S Burroughs, the artist Brion Gysin and filmmaker Anthony Balch met at the Beat Hotel in Paris, and an alembic of creativity was unleashed that has for years achieved acclaim, primarily in avante garde circles, but who's influence was felt in everything from the world of advertising to rock videos and beyond. Burroughs was interested in the ways that the ideas and themes in his books could be explored on film. Anthony and Brion proved to be the perfect collaborators and the cut-up method utilized in many of the Burroughs novels saw extensive use in these films. Though relatively short in duration, the works serve as important documents illustrating many of the ideas developed by Burroughs and Gysin in their artistic laboratory.
This event is part City Lights' celebration of the 100th Birth Day of William S Burroughs. It is followed by a second event, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 8:00 p.m. with Burroughs biographer Barry Miles in conversation with V Vale in the Lecture Hall at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. A third event will cap off the festivities on Sunday, February 9, 2014, 5:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore with local authors and Burrough;s afficionados reading from and discussing his work.
Mindaugis Bagdon is an independent filmmaker and film historian living in the Bay Area. His film short Louder, Faster, Shorter has been hailed as a counter-culture gem, being the first film to chronicle the burgeoning punk scene in late 70's San Francisco. He has worked in the film industry and his credits include camera work on numerous films including Rust Never Sleeps, Isle of the Snake People, The Exiles, Never Cry Wolf, as well as work on National Geographic Specials, and other documentaries. He was contributing editor to the seminal punk journal Search and Destroy and has lectured about the early San Francisco punk scene. He knew William S Burroughs personally.