Uncle Howard
Documentary | NR | 96 min
DIA Lecture HallSun, Jun 5, 2016 4:15 PM Event Date Passed  
Michigan Theater - AuditoriumSat, Jun 11, 2016 3:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Event Info
Special Guest
Sponsored By:Connie Crump and Jay Simrod
Film Info
Film Type:Documentary
Release Year:2016
Run Time:96 minutes
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Festivals:Sundance Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Buenos Aires International Film Festival of Independent Cinema
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Aaron Brookner
Rutger Hauer
Matt Dillon
Screenwriter:Aaron Brookner
What begins as a tense mystery – following the trail to unearth missing film archives of WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS not seen for decades – becomes a candid look at its filmmaker, HOWARD BROOKNER. A look at Burroughs’ invaluable part within New York City and the evolution of the Beat Generation morphs into a current-day look back at the art and film movement of the late 1970s and 1980s, told by the likes of JIM JARMUSCH and HISAMI KUROIWA. The film focuses on Howard, who was taken from his family and the industry too soon, showcased lovingly in this work from his nephew, Aaron Brookner. An overlay of existing home video and never-before-seen footage – including appearances by SPIKE LEE, PATTI SMITH, ALLEN GINSBERG and MADONNA – offers candid interviews from the past and the present day. Uncle Howard does the near impossible: introducing someone while making their work and impact feel timeless and familiar.


AARON BROOKNER, the director, onscreen subject and nephew of the film's subject, Howard Brookner, will take part in a live Q&A following the June 5 screening of the film. Brookner will also take part in a Q&A via Skype following the Saturday, June 11 screening.

Film made possible by Connie Crump and Jay Simrod.