Yony Leyser film about famed Beat writer

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up Yony Leyser’s docu “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” for a fall theatrical release.

DVD and digital distribution will follow, with the movie set for broadcast during the 2010-11 season as part of PBS series “Independent Lens.”

Narrated by Peter Weller, the pic looks at the life and career of Beat writer Burroughs (“Naked Lunch”) through archival footage and interviews with John Waters, Gus Van Sant and David Cronenberg, among others. Patti Smith and Sonic Youth provide the soundtrack.

Deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and Jason Janego of Submarine with both Oscilloscope’s David Fenkel and Lois Vossen of “Independent Lens.”

“Man Within” joins a slate of upcoming of Oscilloscope releases including “A Film Unfinished” and “Howl.”

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