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Title page from Jim Lyons’s “A Short Film About Andy Warhol”   (© Jim Lyons)

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A Short Film About Andy Warhol

Screenplay by Jim Lyons; introduction by Amy Taubin

“The film’s brevity will be part of its beauty, I think. Its logic is dream logic: It stands complete the way it is.”

An imagined rendering of one night in the life of the Pop artist, written by the late editor, actor, and fiimmaker Jim Lyons. Commentary by Amy Taubin.

Jim Lyons was a screenwriter, film editor, actor, and AIDS activist who worked closely with director Todd Haynes. Lyons starred in and edited Haynes’s debut film Poison, which won the grand jury prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. He went on to edit all of Haynes’s films through Far from Heaven (2002) and also cowrote the story for Velvet Goldmine (1998). Lyons’s other editing work includes Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. He passed away in April 2007 at the age of 46.

Amy Taubin is a writer and contributing editor at Film Comment and Sight and Sound and was a film critic for The Village Voice from 1987 to 2001. She is also the author of a BFI Film Classics volume on Taxi Driver. As an actor, Taubin has appeared in films directed by Andy Warhol and Michael Snow; she played Sandy in the 1968 Broadway production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.