An intertwining tale of past and present this Award Winning Sundance documentary rediscovers NYC filmmaker Howard Brookner and his body of work, unveiled by his nephew, after being buried in William S. Burroughs bunker for over 30 years.


Aaron Brookner


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Brookner ... Self
John Giorno John Giorno ... Self
Jim Jarmusch ... Self
Tom DiCillo ... Self
Elaine Brookner Elaine Brookner ... Self
James Grauerholz James Grauerholz ... Self
Stewart Meyer Stewart Meyer ... Self
Brad Gooch Brad Gooch ... Self
Hisami Kuroiwa Hisami Kuroiwa ... Self
Sara Driver ... Self
Robert Wilson Robert Wilson ... Self
Lindsay Law Lindsay Law ... Self
Frédéric Mitterrand Frédéric Mitterrand ... Self
Kim Massee Kim Massee ... Self
Richard Shone Richard Shone ... Self


Director Howard Brookner died of AIDS in NYC in 1989 while in post-production on his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work has been buried for 30 years in William Burroughs' bunker until his nephew Aaron unearths his uncle's story and the memory of everything he was. Written by Pinball London Ltd

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A remarkable documentary about a remarkable man.
26 March 2020 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Howard Brookner isn't a name that many people know. He was a young film-maker in the 1980's who died of AIDS, aged 34. He made a highly acclaimed documentary about the writer William Burroughs and a mainstream movie, "Bloodhounds of Broadway" with Matt Dillon and Madonna but little else is known. Now his nephew Aaron Brookner has made a portrait of his uncle, "Uncle Howard", that reclaims him for posterity. Luckily for Aaron, Howard left a lot of film behind, of his work and of his life and moved in circles that included, not just Burroughs, Zappa and Warhol but film-makers like Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo who were more than happy to talk about Howard. What emerges is a fascinating picture of a talented and beautiful man whose life ended much too soon. It's also a wonderful picture of a society, many of whose inhabitants are no longer with us. It's honest, enlightening and very moving and Aaron Brookner is to be commended for giving it to us.

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