“A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach… the doc’s beautiful final sequence rips your heart out.” – The Hollywood Reporter


Aaron Brookner | US | 2016 | 100 min

New York filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, while releasing his breakthrough Hollywood movie, ‘Bloodhounds of Broadway’. His body of work, which captured the late 70s and early 80s New York art scene, was buried in a bunker for over 30 years. Inside, the footage contained in more than 300 film cans offers an extraordinary glimpse at Howard’s life and career, including outtakes from his 1983 debut film ‘Burroughs: The Movie’, the first documentary about the iconic writer William Burroughs. The forgotten treasure is uncovered by Brookner’s nephew. A filmmaker himself, he commits to unearth his uncle’s memory and artistic legacy.
Produced by Jim Jarmush, UNCLE HOWARD is an exploration of Brookner’s short life and career and a vivid portrait of New York’s 70s and 80s counterculture. Featuring long-lost footage of William Burroughs, Patti Smith, John Giorno, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Spike Lee, John Waters, Francis Bacon, Matt Dillon, Madonna and more, and through interviews with close friends and Howard’s own video diaries, UNCLE HOWARD reveals the tumultuous and untimely death of Howard Brookner.

Sundance Film Festival 2016 Grand Jury Prize nominee.

“Aaron Brooker’s excellent documentary about his uncle… an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York.” – The New York Times
“A sensitive, intelligent portrait.” – The Guardian

Premiere screening Wednesday 19 October 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by Tiers Bakker (De Groene Amsterdammer). In other Dutch cinemas from the beginning of November.

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.


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