Uncle Howard

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USA | 2016 | 96 minutes | Aaron Brookner

The nephew of filmmaker Howard Brookner, whose work captured the creative culture of '70s and '80s New York City, sets out to find the lost negative of a film on William S. Burroughs, uncovering his uncle's influence on a generation of artists along the way.

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Assuredly assembled through archival photographs, present-day interviews, and old video footage, Uncle Howard tells the story of Howard Brookner through the eyes of his nephew, filmmaker Aaron Brookner. When Aaron was young, his favorite relative was Uncle Howard, a young, handsome, and charismatic filmmaker who spent time with artists and poets in New York City. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1989, Howard Brookner had directed three films, his first being the documentary Burroughs: The Movie, chronicling the life of outsider artist William S. Burroughs with unprecedented access (recently released and restored by the Criterion Collection). Gaining access to a treasure trove of archival film and materials that have sat untouched in Burroughs' old Manhattan studio, Aaron pieces together his uncle's life, and in doing so creates a well-rounded reflection of the underground Manhattan art scene in the '80s. Featuring interviews and footage of Jim Jarmusch, Tom DiCillo, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Spike Lee, John Waters, and of course William S. Burroughs, Uncle Howard is a portrait of a man who lived life surrounded by friends, with unapologetic wonder and vigor—exactly as he wanted.

Director Biography
Director and screenwriter Aaron Brookner was born in New York City and studied film at Vassar College. His first feature film, The Silver Goat (2012), was the first ever created exclusively for the iPad.

Sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola Winery, The Art Institute of Seattle, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Aaron Brookner
  • Principal Cast: Madonna, Jim Jarmusch, Andy Warhol, William S. Burroughs, Sara Driver, Allen Ginsberg
  • Country: USA, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Paula Vaccaro
  • Screenplay: Aaron Brookner
  • Cinematographers: André Döbert, Gregg de Domenico
  • Editors: Masahiro Hirakubo
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Silver Goat (2011)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Film Collaborative
  • International Sales: ICM