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.