‘Assured… a fond tribute’ – Variety.
Director Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, at the age of 35. He was gay; an Ivy League graduate; broke artist; rising Hollywood star; heroin user; jet-setter; bohemian; seedy nightlife lover; director of cult docs; an honest and devoted friend – he was many things to many people. To director Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle.
His body of work, which captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, was buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker in New York for 30 years.
Now in a deeply personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard’s filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was. Through conversations with family and close friends – including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo – comes an exploration of the New York City in the 70s and 80s, the eruption of the AIDS plague, sex, drugs, politics, and the amazing artistic determination of a filmmaker whose life was cut short.
Featuring rare archival footage of William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Madonna, and more, the film reveals a portrait of the tumultuous and mysterious life, struggles, and untimely death of Howard Brookner.
2016, UK, USA, 96 min.