About the Filmmaker

Yony Leyser (B.1985) is a filmmaker and artist from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has directed several short films. After being kicked out of film school, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and began his passionate first feature film, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, about one of the most interesting icons of
the 20th century,

He also works as a curator, video artist and photographer, documenting people who are outside the mainstream of society. His photograph series have included an utopian transgender commune in Tennessee; Christiana, an anarchist village in Copenhagen; Kopi, Berlin’s largest
squat, and naked bike rides in the US. His work has been shown around the world. Yony Leyser brings a more personal perspective to Burroughs' legacy, examining the private versus the public personae of Burroughs and the effect this may have had on his most intimate
self. He currently lives in Berlin

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