DIR: Aaron Brookner 2015 | USA / UK | 96 min
Uncle Howard tells the moving story of filmmaker, Howard Brookner, and his nephew’s personal journey, 25 years after Howard’s death, to discover the legacy of a life and career cut short by AIDS. Brookner cut his creative teeth with an acclaimed 1983 documentary about iconic writer William Burroughs. Aaron finds the clues to the many sides of his uncle’s story in Burroughs’ New York City bunker, where long lost cans of film offer a glimpse at Howard’s life and career.
Through conversations with Howard’s family and friends— including Jim Jarmusch and Robert Wilson— a picture emerges of a man who becomes more of an enigma as we learn more about him. This is a fascinating exploration of the cultural revolution of the late 70s and early 80s. Featuring rare footage and archival photos of Madonna, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, John Waters, Francis Bacon and more, Uncle Howard is a treat for film fans and for fans of the New York 80s cultural scene at its height.
Wednesday 16th November