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.

Categories: A2, Detroit, DFT, Documentary, Films, LGBT, Michigan, Special Guest


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.

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