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Obituary: James Lyons

Obituary: James Lyons

Editor James Lyons, a longtime collaborator with filmmaker Todd Haynes, died on April 12, 2007. Lyons recently edited Esther Robinson’s Berlinale Teddy Award winning documentary “A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory,” which will have its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. Lyons worked with Haynes on all of the directors feature films, including “Poison,” “Safe,” “Velvet Goldmine,” and “Far From Heaven.” He also edited Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” Jesse Peretz’s “First Love, Last Rites,” and “The Chateau,” along with Peter Friedman’s “Silverlake Life” and Ronnie Larson’s “Shooting Porn,” among other films. He also acted in a number of movies and was writing and planning to direct a film about philosopher Michel Foucault.

“Jim was always an artist, even when he was editing someone else’s material, and he brought an artist’s sensibility, temperament and questioning to everything he did,” wrote producer and FILMMAKER Magazine editor Scott Macaulay, on the publication’s blog, “Whether it was playing the artist David Wojnarowicz in Steve McLean’s ‘Postcards from America’ or Billy Name in Mary Harron’s ‘I Shot Andy Warhol’, or co-writing the story for ‘Velvet Goldmine’, Jim’s work questioned the social codes and roles that act to define us while also finding the elements of beauty in the spaces in between.”

According to Newsday, a memorial visitation will be held Tuesday April 17th from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. at Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home in Port Washington, NY. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the James K. Lyons Memorial Fund, 47 Davis Road, Port Washington, NY 11050. The New York Times also published an obituary early Monday.

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