The River City Reunion was a week-long celebration of the Beat Generation, and it's various insurgent offspring, that happened in Lawrence, Kansas on September 7-13, 1987. This series of events, readings, concerts, and performances was organized by James Grauerholtz and Bill Rich. Among those who participated were Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Marianne Faithfull, Jello Biafra, Keith Haring, Wayne Propst, Frankie "Edie" Kerouac Parker, Jim McCrary, S. Clay Wilson, Andrei Codrescu, Timothy Leary and, the one for whom they all gathered in Lawrence for, William S. Burroughs.
This series of events was professionally documented by Mark Kaplan and his crew in from New York. There have been attempts throughout the years to get together all of the footage shot and edit it into a coherent document of the time, the event, and the context of both. But for various reasons it never completely got off of the ground.
So now Mark and I have decided to finally get it out into the world once and for all. I have just completed digitizing the 60+ VHS timecoded videotapes and have been going through them to see what all there is to work with. There is some amazing stuff in there and I can't wait to be able to finally get to work on the final cut.
The original footage was all shot on U-Matic. I had never even heard of this format until this project. So, the next major step is getting all of the original U-Matic tapes digitized so that I can start editing from them. Unfortunately, it will be expensive to get 60+ U-Matic tapes digitized so we are putting together a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise funds to be able to do that. More on that later.
In order to give you an idea of the vast amount of footage that we have which encompasses many aspects of this series of events, we have decided to put together a series of one minute clips consisting of a montage of semi-random selections from 60+ tapes of footage. These will be low-res and have timecode on them. But they are meant to give you an idea of what all is archived in all of this footage and what to expect in the forthcoming River City Reunion documentary that Moon Drunk Films is putting out in September of 2019, the 32nd Anniversary of the River City Reunion. I will post one a day for 23 days (23 being an auspicious number to Burroughs).