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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... See full summary
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.

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    • Author: Raniconne
    Going into this documentary, I don't think I had researched it as much as the other films I've picked to screen at SIFF 2016. I must've just seen "William Burroughs" & "Jim Jarmusch", threw my hands up & exclaimed, "That does it! I must see this!". Needless to say, the subject matter went above & beyond my simplistic expectations. While this is a movie about a nephew (Aaron Brookner) trying to piece together the life & works of his uncle, filmmaker Howard Brookner, it is also a movie about something much deeper & broader. While it was a delight to watch clips & outtakes from Howard Brookner's film Burroughs: The Movie, moments from home movies of Brookner's family, and follow the present-day storyline of Aaron Brookner delving into storage lockers, picking the brains of his uncle's friends, and trying to pry reels of film from the caretaker of Burrough's Bowery apartment "The Bunker", the real meat of the film was a much more poignant tale. In the smaller scope, it is a tale about what one man could accomplish in such a truncated life--about living to the fullest & doing what makes you happy, regardless what those around you may think. It is about a life cut short by AIDS. In the broader sense, it is an open-ended question with no possible answer--what did we, as a society, lose because of the AIDS crisis? While I cried tears of sorrow for a talent like Howard's taken too soon, for the palpable lasting sadness of his family & friends, for the anguish of those around me who lived through this and lost their loved ones & partners, I also cried tears of anger. What if those in power had taken this epidemic more seriously & much sooner? Would we be watching a retrospective of Howard Brookner's work made up of 15-20+ movies & not just 3? Could our culture have been guided towards acceptance of all our beautiful variations & colors more gracefully if a generation of thinkers, artists & unique souls had not been ravaged by this outbreak? It is impossible to inventory the scope of such a loss, unlike the boxes of celluloid rotting in a Bowery basement--but indeed, it is a profound loss that can never be recovered.
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    • Author: Binthars
    3/13/18. Lucky for Howard Brookner (who died of AIDS at the age of 34) that he had a nephew who happens to be a film maker to salvage his memory and his work. A somewhat decent documentary for those interested in William Burroughs, whose life was the subject of Howard Brookner's film that was never completed because of his death. Those interested in the Beat Generation, of which Burroughs was one of the better known writers of that time, may be interested in watching this.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Aaron Brookner Aaron Brookner - Himself
    John Giorno John Giorno - Himself
    Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch - Himself
    Tom DiCillo Tom DiCillo - Himself
    Elaine Brookner Elaine Brookner - Herself
    James Grauerholz James Grauerholz - Himself
    Stewart Meyer Stewart Meyer - Himself
    Brad Gooch Brad Gooch - Himself
    Hisami Kuroiwa Hisami Kuroiwa - Herself
    Sara Driver Sara Driver - Herself
    Robert Wilson Robert Wilson - Himself
    Lindsay Law Lindsay Law - Himself
    Frédéric Mitterrand Frédéric Mitterrand - Himself
    Kim Massee Kim Massee - Herself
    Richard Shone Richard Shone - Himself
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