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Uncle Howard

A filmmaker unearths his late uncle's cache of videos, photos and letters, weaving from them a portrait of a burgeoning artist cut down in his prime.

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A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach.

When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, Bloodhounds of Broadway. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find the lost negative of Burroughs: The Movie, his uncle's critically-acclaimed portrait of legendary author William S. Burroughs. When Aaron uncovers Howard's extensive archive in Burroughs’ bunker, it not only revives the film for a new generation, but also opens a vibrant window on New York City’s creative culture from the 1970s and ‘80s, and inspires a wide-ranging exploration of his beloved uncle's legacy.

Director
Aaron Brookner
Cast
Aaron BrooknerJohn GiornoJim JarmuschTom DiCilloJames GrauerholzSara DriverFrédéric Mitterrand
Country
UK, USA
Available
Apr 15 2017

A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach.