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Update #14

Burroughs: The Movie directed by Howard Brookner

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Dear backers,

Next week we'll start sending the DVDs, Audio CDs and posters to all of those who pledged for these. Please make sure your address is updated with us before Monday. 

Burroughs: The Movie had a short theatrical run in London last week at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). The room was packed and the Q&A was done with writer Barry Miles and film curator Gareth Evans. We hope there will be a longer and more extensive theatrical run in the US and Europe later in the year. We are working hard to partner with a company to help us do it. We will definitely keep you posted. 

Enjoy the video, it shows never before seen material of Howard's digitised archive showing some behind the scenes of Burroughs: The Movie with Howard in it. 

 Thanks once again for your support,

Kind regards,

Aaron Brookner and team


Update #13

Burroughs: The Movie directed by Howard Brookner

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Dear Backers,

Happy New Year and Happy Burroughs Centennial year! Quick update: We are getting our early edition DVDs, posters and CD of conversations ready to be sent out to our pledgers in the next couple of weeks. 

The DVD will include a small bonus material out of Howard Brookner's archive that we are, slowly but surely, digitising to make available to the world. As our supporters you will receive the only DVDs available of the film and we hope you enjoy your LIMITED EDITION CDs and DVDs. Everything will be sent out during February as promised (in the next few weeks you should receive it all in the address provided). 

If you are in London you can catch the film in a limited run during this week at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). In April you will be able to see it in Buenos Aires Film Festival BAFICI, where we are also preparing an art installation with the archive material and an exhibition of Howard Brookner's work with Burroughs including photographs. 

We are working hard to make the film available both theatrically and via DVD later in the year. We will keep you posted.

Thank you very much for your kind support. 

Aaron Brookner and team


Update #12

Burroughs: The Movie directed by Howard Brookner

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Dear all,

It has been an amazing year and we want to send you all a quick note on progress and updates. At 6.30pm on February 6th 2014 the remastered version of Burroughs: The Movie with a beautiful 2K DCP (Digital Cinema Package) will face the audience again on a big screen 30 years after it was made. The event will be in Indiana, at the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington. This will be the first time audiences will be able to watch the film you helped us restore on the big screen. The film will be part of the event The Burroughs Century and you have more info of the screening here

Some of you pledged for tickets to the premiere in NYC. We expect to have a premiere in NYC later in the year but if you want to trade the pledged tickets for this event (accommodation and travel unfortunately not included) please get in touch and we will be happy to help. And if you did not pledge the tickets and still want to go to the Indiana event, you need to call the Box Office on (812) 855-1103.

We made a trailer for the film (Edited by Rafa D'Andrea). 

In February a special limited edition DVD will be mailed with the original film poster for those of you who pledged for the DVD. Some also have pledged for an exclusive audio CD that will also be mailed then. Again if you have not pledged for the DVD or poster or exclusive audio cd with 45 minutes of never before heard conversations between Howard Brookner and Burroughs, get in touch as we will only produce and mail a limited number that may not be possible to expand later on. So email us with any questions about this limited editions to smash@pinballonline.co.uk

It is with great pride that we are preparing the special photo book of Burroughs: The Movie, a really exclusive pledge that some of you bought in advance. The timing of the book may be a bit delayed compared to the original promise for February 2014 but what we will make won't disappoint. Thank you in advance for your patience and we promise to keep you updated soon on its progress. Other than this one all of our pledges were delivered on time and we hope you are enjoying them. Please send us your photos with the Burroughs T.Shirt, we add them to the Facebook page with pride and renewed Burroughsian fervor :)

Singer Natalia Clavier wears hers with pride. Musician Kid Congo Powers has his on his latest video Haunted Head and someone sent us a photo of the t-shirt relaxing on a balcony in Baku Azerbaijan

Archive news

A big chunk of the archive Howard shot during his years with Burroughs is finally being digitised. It is a very large project (many many hours of original film material) that needs a big fundraising effort. We will try to have it all ready for 2015. We have to thank the generous support of the Jerome Foundation for giving Aaron Brookner one of his filmmaking grants. The money received was put forward to restore part of the archive which will be used on his film Smash the Control Machine, about Howard's life and times, with Jim Jarmusch as Executive Producer. Here is an exclusive sneak peek into a frame of film from the Howard Brookner's archives: Howard with his clapperboard about to shoot with Burroughs.

Howard and Burroughs
Howard and Burroughs

For the archive and the film Smash the Control Machine, IFP has become our fiscal sponsor. We hope we can receive other contributions to the project which is far from completed. If you want to make a tax deductible contribution, you can do it online via credit card or paypal here 

And so we enter the Burroughs Centennial year. Season's greetings to you all, 

With gratitude,

Aaron Brookner and team.


Update #11

Burroughs: The Movie directed by Howard Brookner

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Dear all,

The day to share a digital version has now arrived. Sorry we promised to send during September 2013 and it is two days late.

We have worked hard to remaster this film and it is finally possible to share a screener online for all of you who pledged for it. Today you should receive your personal digital screener to the email address you have provided. Please bear in mind in order to see the full HD splendour your monitor will need to have HD technology. If it doesn't you will see a great enhanced version that we hope you will nonetheless enjoy. It has been a very long road for us and we are happy to be able to share Howard Brookner's first long feature film with a selected audience who supported this project.

For those who pledged for the DVD we are preparing something super special that we will hopefully share with you on time in February 2014.

If anyone would like to access a digital screener please get in touch at smash@pinballonline.co.uk same for those who have a digital screener and would like a DVD. 

We hope you enjoy the film, please watch soon and share your comments in our Facebook page or twitter account https://www.facebook.com/burroughsthemovie?fref=ts 

With gratitude,

Aaron Brookner and team


Update #10

Burroughs: The Movie directed by Howard Brookner

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Dear all,

It's been a few intense months and we are gearing up to show the film to the world. Many events are happening next year for the William Burroughs Centennial. For those of you interested in all things Burroughs, sign up on http://www.burroughs100.com/ a site created by William S Burroughs enthusiasts that aims to gather all the events that will happen in 2014. Burroughs: The Movie will play in many events and theatres around the world and we'll also keep you posted (those who pledged for the premiere tickets may be able to select among different cities).

The super limited edition T-Shirts have now arrived! We are getting ready to send them to all our pledgers. Some of you have more than just a T-shirt in the pack you are expecting but we thought it may be nice to send the t-shirts in the meantime to share the joy. And you can wear them with pride, there are not many around the world! 

UK packs are shipping soon, USA will ship in August and the rest of the world we will try and do between now and September. That means most of you will have your t-shirt reward ahead of schedule. Thanks a lot for your support once again.

For those of you who did not pledge for T-Shirts or would like to add more to the collection they will be 40 USD, 30 GBP or 35 Euros + shipping. We have some extra ones to sell until we run out of stock so please get in touch with us on smash@pinballonline.co.uk

With our gratitude as always,

Aaron Brookner and team

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