By Hook Or By Crook

(2002) Synopsis: Three weeks in the life of a gender-bending, small-town dishwasher with a nagging messiah-complex. Defeated since the death of his father, Shy heads to the big city to sink into a “life of crime” and is quickly distracted by Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wiseacre adoptee on a misguided search for their birthmother. The two grifters join forces and learn the true meaning of “poise under pressure” in an anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust and redemption.

Directors: Harry Dodge and Silas Howard
Cast: Harry Dodge, Carina Gia, Silas Howard, and Stanya Kahn
Producer: Steak House
TRT: 01:28:10
Narrative Feature Film


Sundance, SXSW (Winner Best Feature Audience Award), Outfest (Winner Best Screenplay, Grand Jury & Best Feature, Audience), Cleveland International (Winner Best Feature), Frameline, London BFI

“The humanity of the characters shines.”
– New York Times

“A quixotic masterpiece.”
– B. Ruby Rich, New Queer Cinema

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REVIEWS & ACADEMIC WRITING: NY Times | Judith Halberstam | New Queer Cinema