“Aaron Brookner’s documentary profiles his uncle, a regrettably short-lived leader in indie New York filmmaking of the 1980s.”— Variety
Uncle Howard is an intertwining tale of past and present. New York filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, whilst making his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work, which captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, was buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker for 30 years. Now, as part of a personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard’s filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was.
“This study of documentarian Howard Brookner is a family relic,” writes Andrew Pulver in The Guardian, “a snapshot of New York’s 1980s gay scene and an unearthing of quirky cinematic detritus.”
Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2016
Director Aaron Brookner
Script Aaron Brookner
Producers Paula Vaccaro