New Release: William S. Burroughs and other documentaries DVD

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road documentary

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road

Microcinema International DVD released a documentary about renowned author and beatnik William S. Burroughs on May 25, 2010.

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road features archival footage of the writer, the author of classic Naked Lunch, from a 1983 trip throughout Scandinavia. After finding the footage of Burroughs’ time in Copenhagen, filmmakers Lars Movin and Steen Moller Rasmussen set out to repeat the writer’s journey and record new material about Burroughs’ later work. This documentary is a combination of that and includes music from Patti Smith and Islamic Diggers. The DVD, priced at $24.95, also  contains a nearly complete documentation of Burroughs’ reading in Copenhagen on Oct. 29, 1983; a statement by Columbia University professor Ann Douglas; and two short films, One Shot I and II.

Sunrise/Sunset documentary about the Dalai Lama


Alive Mind looks at another public figure in Sunrise/Sunset, which gives viewers a rare look at the daily life of the Dalai Lama. Released on DVD May 18, 2010, the documentary was timed to the U.S. tour of the Dalai Lama.

In Sunrise/Sunset, filmmaker Vitali Mansky and his crew follow the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at 3am until his bedtime at dusk, including his morning fitness routine, private audiences, press conferences and blessings. The filmmakers also shot an interview with the Dalai Lama that covers topics from the essence of the Universe, the gap between rich and poop and the role at individual has to play in religion and society.

Three documentaries, issued on DVD by PBS on May 4, 2010, explore the lives and triumphs of America’s poorest communities.

In Ten9Eight, a group of impoverished teens from across the country learn to be business people and compete in a competition for young entrepreneurs.

P-Star Rising looks at the life of 80s hip hop star Jesse Diaz and his 9-year-old daughter in her attempts to become a superstar.

And Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) examines the struggles of America’s immigrant population, following the true story of filmmaker Monika Navarro, who goes on a eight-year journey to discover her family’s troubled history, including crime, physical abuse and drug problems.

Each PBS documentary was priced at $24.99 on DVD.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.