1. Yony Leyser, Director

    Yony Leyser is a 25-year-old filmmaker living in Chicago, Illinois. He has directed several short films. After being kicked out of film school, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and began his passionate first feature film, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, about one of the most interesting icons of the 20th century.

    He also works as a curator, video artist, and photographer, documenting people who are outside the mainstream of society. The subjects of his photography series have included Ida, a utopian transgender commune in Tennessee; Christiania, an anarchist village in Copenhagen; Kopi, Berlin's largest squat; and naked bike rides in the US. His work has been shown work in galleries and theaters in Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Los Angeles.