An intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner whose work captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution–and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later to discover his uncle’s films.
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It is hard to make documentaries out of archival material without becoming beholden almost entirely to that material. Which is fair enough. If the material speaks, you barely have to. Which may make for movies worth seeing, but may not provide filmmakers w/ much (of value) to contribute. Then we have films like Uncle Howard, which are further complicated by the sentimental pitfalls of close filiation. Still worth it.