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Silas Howard is an award winning director and writer, with a longtime focus in telling honest, boundary-shattering narratives filled with groundbreaking characters, as evident in his recent work, directing episodes of Amazon’s Emmy award-winning Transparent, Freeform’s The Fosters, and MTV’s Faking It.
Howard began his career crafting stories that challenged society’s conventional boundaries, and was right away met with praise. His first feature film, By Hook or By Crook was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner.

After this success, Howard diversified into directing documentaries, music videos, web series, and most recently, television – never straying from his strength in showcasing revolutionary stories and voices. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals world-wide. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW and was awarded best ensemble cast by the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and best director at CAAM Festival.

His music video, Golden Age of Hustlers, starring Tony-nominated performer, Justin Vivian Bond, screened during the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His documentary, Sticks & Stones, based on the legendary San Francisco transgender chanteuse, Bambi Lake, was a recipient of the Horizon Completion grant and is currently playing film festivals internationally.
Howard’s short films, music videos and web series have aired on MTV, Logo, Showtime and the Sundance Channel.

In 2015, Howard directed the first and second seasons of SNL legend, Paula Pell’s newest brainchild, Hudson Valley Ballers. This project, produced by comedy veteran, Lorne Michaels, stars a slew of comedy icons.

Most recently, San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, has awarded Howard their 2015 Filmmaking Grant, to produce his newest feature film, The Lusty, about the world’s first exotic dancers’ union.

Silas Howard received his MFA at UCLA in directing and is a Film Independent Directors Lab Fellow, Nantucket Screenwriting Colony Fellow, the 2014-15 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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SUNSET STORIES (2012) Synopsis: When May returns to LA and runs smack into JP, the man she left behind, past and present collide sending them on a twenty-four hour journey in search of what they lost.

Cast: Monique Gabriela Curnen, Sung Kang, Mousa Kraish, Michelle Krusiec, Joshua Leonard, Zosia Mamet, Sandy Martin, Lee Meriwether, Justin Vivian Bond, Jim Parsons.

“Diversity is the star of “Sunset Stories,” a deliberately nontraditional romantic comedy that embraces the sort of actors — and characters — typically marginalized by mainstream swooners.”
– Variety

Directors: Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda
Executive Producer: Justin Lin
Producers: Tatiana Kelly and Valerie Stadler
Cinematographer: PJ Raval
Distribution: FILM BUFF
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Narrative Feature Film

SXSW Premiere, LA Asian Pacific FF (Winner Best Ensemble Cast), CAAM Fest (Winner Director Award), Latino International Film Festival

WATCH: Trailer | Buy or Rent on iTunes
PRESS: SXSW Screening | Indiewire | Austin Film Society/Slackerwood | READ review by Jennifer Morris



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
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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