Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Uncle Howard


Year: 2016
Run Time: 96 minutes

Uncle Howard
Uncle Howard
Uncle Howard

Hidden in The Bunker, the famous New York den of legendary literary icon William Burroughs, was a gold mine of film and photos archived by filmmaker Howard Brookner. When Howard's nephew, Aaron, discovered and unearthed this treasure, he started an amazing journey to reconstruct and celebrate his uncle's life and work. Known for the acclaimed 1983 documentary, “Burroughs: The Movie,” Howard was a fascinating cultural figure who swirled among the most influential artists of the day and compulsively documented everything. UNCLE HOWARD inevitably becomes much more than a loving nephew's tribute to family. Featuring the likes of Andy Warhol, Frank Zappa, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Jarmusch, and Madonna, the film is a glorious look at an epoch where culture rebelled, minds exploded, drugs flowed, the revolution was televised, and AIDS reared its ugly head. Gay, beautiful, talented, and fearless, Howard left a history of these times that is a joy to behold. Narrated by both family and the famous, UNCLE HOWARD is Aaron's gift to his uncle's legacy and to us. –C.R.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 8:30 PM

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Aaron Brookner

Aaron Brookner was born in 1981. A director and scriptwriter, his feature film debut "The Silver Goat" was the first film made for iPad exhibition. He produced the restoration of "Burroughs: The Movie" for the Criterion Collection.

"The Silver Goat" (2011), UNCLE HOWARD (2016)

Paula Vaccaro

André Döbert, Gregg de Domenico

Masahiro Hirakubo

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