Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Uncle Howard
Uncle Howard
2016 Film

Inside Out: Uncle Howard

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Windows at 350 King St W and Widmer St

Howard Brookner was an acclaimed documentary filmmaker on the cusp of mainstream Hollywood success when his life was cut short by AIDS in 1989.

More than a quarter of a century later, Brookner's nephew, Aaron, undertakes a personal journey to find the negative for Burroughs: The Movie, his uncle's critically successful documentary. In the process, Aaron discovers a treasure trove of personal mementos and archival footage that offer a captivating glimpse into New York City's cultural scene of the 1970s and 1980s and serve as an important exploration of his beloved uncle's legacy.

Lovely home movies of Aaron as a child reveal how he gravitated toward his favourite uncle, while interviews with friends and colleagues (including Jim Jarmusch, an executive producer on Uncle Howard) and long-lost footage and photos of Burroughs, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Madonna and more, provide a personal glimpse into a complex, creative man who died years before his time.

Part of the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

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Photography Festival

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