by JC Gonzo
[Editor’s Note: Check out our exclusive interview with David Blair on the forthcoming WAX sequel, including a new related short film, here.]
Like most cult film, David Blair‘s 1991 cyberpunk odyssey WAX or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees carries a world of odd trivia and unexpected connections behind it. WAX follows a beekeeper’s mystical journey through the atomic landscape of New Mexico amidst a paranoid, psychological meltdown. Infamously the first film on the internet, WAX is still viewable online in its entirety on YouTube, or a more adventurous version with interactive elements on WAXWEB.
William S. Burroughs is one of the few cast members (a total of six) and plays the protagonist’s father, James Hive Maker. Below is the raw and unedited production footage of Burroughs reading for the film as well as posing in a beekeeper’s helmet.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS READS & POSES:
Blair fused actual landmarks and history to weave his bizarre story together, and to most viewers it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Other interesting details to note is that WAX was the first film to be edited on a digital non-linear system, has undergone various experimental release formats including CD-ROM, and premiered at MoMA NY.