Chicago filmmaker’s doc opens Slamdance

Chicago’s only major representation at the Slamdance Film Festival will open the 15th annual alternative to Sundance Jan. 22 in Park City, Utah, with a Jan. 27 encore screening.

The film is Yony Leyser’s documentary “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within,” the first posthumous feature-length film about the writer of “Naked Lunch,” “Junky” and “Queer.”

“Slamdance is, as John Waters told me, ?much more “Burroughs” than Sundance,” says 25-year old Chicago director Leyser. “It seems much cooler and smart to where the film world is going.”

“A Man Within” plays the day after the Sundance premiere of “Howl,” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s narrative film about the obscenity trial of Burroughs’s close friend and Beat contemporary, Allen Ginsberg.