Burroughs: The Movie - in honor of Poetry Month!
Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 6:30
Dir. Howard Brookner - 1983 - 90m - No Matinees
BONUS! LOCAL POETS TO DO A SHORT READING BEFORE EACH OF THE SCREENINGS!
PLUS! SPECIAL LIMITED ARTIST MADE BURROUGHS T-SHIRTS & POSTERS COURTESY OF THIN KING PRESS FOR SALE TOO!
Monday, April 20-Heidi Neff is a passionate poet, traveler, and cook. She can be found jotting napkin poems in dive bars, on mountaintops, and over a steaming bowl of curry. She is currently working on her first book of poetry. An East Coast native, she now lives and writes up a storm in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tuesday, April 21-Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently "The Age Of Jive" from Red Dashboard Press and the forthcoming "The Whisper Gallery" from Lit Fest Press. He discovered poetry as a boy the way other people find drugs or religion and hasn't looked back since. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wednesday, Aprill 22-Charlie Wormhoudt is currently studying poetry in the MFA program at UNM. He is a San Francisco Bay Area native who enjoys the heat and thunderstorms and flash floods of the southwest because they satisfy his penchant for drama.
Thursday, April 23-Don McIver is an award winning poet and very active in the poetry scene in Albuquerque. He’s published widely and has read all over the U.S. For more information please visit, donmciver.blogspot.com
An exploration of the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs.
The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner. It was begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school and then expanded into a feature which was 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.
“Rarely is a documentary as well attuned to its subject as Howard Brookner's Burroughs, which captures as much about the life, work and sensibility of its subject as its 86 minute format allows. Part of the film's comprehensiveness is attributable to William S. Burroughs' cooperation, since the author was willing to visit old haunts, read from his works and even playfully act out a passage from Naked Lunch for the benefit of the camera. But the quality of discovery about Burroughs is very much the director's doing, and Mr. Brookner demonstrates an unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity in exploring his subject.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Fans should be excited by the range of images producer/director Howard Brookner has assembled and by the chance to hear and see the author in action. For those who are not fans but are at least mildly curious about the literary figure, Burroughs proves engaging entertainment in its own right. How many documentaries for instance, feature segments in which the subject acts out his own writing? Burroughs, who spends a good portion of the film reminiscing with friends, dons the soiled robe of his character, Dr. Benway, for a grimy surgical escapade mid-way through the movie.” - Chuck Twardy, Lawrence Journal World
Crime Wave a.k.a The Big Crimewave
Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!
Dir. John Paizs - 1985 - 80m - No Matinees
IN ANTICIPATION OF OUR 11th ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR!
"One of the least known and best respected Canadian "cult" films, Crime Wave carries on in the unabashedly Canadian tradition of Goin' Down The Road, while providing the viewer with an experience entirely outside traditional mainstream Canadian film.
Crime Wave stars its director John Paizs as Steven Penny, a young filmmaker who is trying to make a "colour crime movie" called Crime Wave. Only he can't come up with the middle of the film, just variations on the beginning and ending. Steven is obsessed with colour crime, and filmmaking. He reads Colour Crime Quarterly magazine, and has posters in his room for 1950s B-movies like Teenage Crime Wave, Outside The Law and Stolen Face.
The movie is narrated by Kim, the little girl of a family that rents Steven a room above their garage. Steven teaches Kim different things about colour crime movies. He shows her his Bolex camera, explains why he only writes by streetlight, and plays her an audio tape which captured the sound of a camera that he borrowed from the NFB being run over by a car. In return, Kim tries to help Steven with making his movie." - CANUXPLOITATION
"Each and every time I see the film, I'm not only howling with laughter as hard as I did when I first saw it, but absolutely floored by how astoundingly brilliant and original it is." - Greg Klymkiw, Electric Sheep