William S. Burroughs In The Dreamachine / John Aes-Nihil


“More interesting than most documentaries in that it is presented in the way Burroughs writes.” – Kenneth Anger


The Dreamachine created in the early 1960s by artist Brion Gysin and mathematician Ian Sommerville is possibly the most effective of all the brain-wave simulators, which can create hallucinations and induced visions, without the use of drugs. When Beatnik writer William S. Burroughs (Junkie, Naked Lunch) introduced it to a wider audience in the 1980s it became a phenomenon in the underground scene, and was re-introduced by Dr. David Woodard in the 1990s when he started re-creating the Dreamachines. In this document filmmaker and photographer Jon Aes-Nihil films Woodard and Burroughs at LACMA, Los Angeles, California (1996, featuring Allen Ginsberg and Leonardo DiCaprio), the Nova Convention, Lawrence, Kansas (1996) and visits Burroughs at his home (1997), recording the last footage of him, in a conversation on drugs and government policies, 6 months prior to his passing.

Cult Epics presents on the Centennial of Burroughs Birth “In the Dreamachine” for the first time on DVD.

Special Features

  • Still Photo Gallery
  • Dr. David Woodward Dreamachine Installation (Freud Museum of Dreams, St Petersburg, Russia 2007)

Technical Specs

USA / 1996-2014 / Color/B&W / Approx. 70 Minutes / Bonus Features Approx. 60 Mins / English Language / Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 / Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo


William S.  Burroughs In The Dreamachine
Release Date: 04.14.15
CE134 / SRP $29.95



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