Feature Films

THE LUSTY In Development

LUSTY Poster 04062015_URL ONLY_SMALL Synopsis:
In San Fransisco in the late 90’s, the dancers at the Lusty Lady confront dangerous labor practices and go on to create the first exotic dancers’ union in the world. Based on a true story.

Director: Silas Howard
Written by: Antonia Crane & Silas Howard
Producer: L.A. Teodosio

Recipient of the Fall 2015 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant.

 


SUNSET STORIES (2012)

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
TRT: 01:26:01
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

MARCH 17th, 2013 SCREENING at SAN FRANCISCO’S historic CASTRO THEATER as part of CAAMFEST.

JUST BACK FROM AUSTIN SCREENING – NEXT UP IS PHILADELPHIA AND VANCOUVER.
Here’s an awesome write up from the AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY BLOG SLACKERWOOD:

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http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/sunsetstories_ernestoforondasilashoward_nylatinoff2012

OUTFEST FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED; OUR NEXT SCREENING JULY 14th, 2012 at RECAT THEATER

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING AWARD!

Sunset Stories LA Premiere at LAAPFF

Sunset Stories NOMINATED by Grand Jury for NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD

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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK 2002

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


EXACTLY LIKE YOU (In the Works)

EXACTLY LIKE YOU (In the Works) Inspired by the true story of jazz musician Billy Tipton. Set in the luminous underground world of 1940’s jazz cabarets.

The project is a Nantucket Screenwriting Colony fellow, finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Film Independent Directors Lab fellow, selected for IFP’s No Boarders and the Los Angeles Film Festival Fast track program.

Screenplay by Silas Howard and Nina Landey


CHELSEA (In the Works)

LOG LINE: In a comedy that hurts, Chelsea, a female, 13-year-old Holden Caulfield, navigates a run-down town of drunken adults, dangerous teenagers, and a dead runaway in a place where betrayal is as common as cigarettes in the summer of 1985.

SYNOPSIS: More than a coming-of-age movie and stripped of sentimentality, Chelsea explores the nature of growing up female in urban, working-class America through the journey of a thirteen-year-old girl who shares a namesake with the run-down city where she lives. What does it mean to ‘become a woman’ on the gritty and dangerous turf of Chelsea, ‘Massachuetts’? Chelsea must confront this question as she casts her gaze throughout her city, looking for safety and perhaps even more vital, representation.

In the hot concrete days of one summer, Chelsea is burdened with the care of her bratty younger sister, suspicious of her new, alcoholic stepfather, bullied by a dirt-bike-riding pack of public school boys, and then haunted by the discovery of the dead body of a family-less woman found on the railroad tracks by her home. Chelsea must search for a sense of belonging and stability during a time where even her own body is not to be trusted.

Chelsea weighs her options as she encounters a teenage runaway who barters sex for freedom when caught shoplifting at the mall; her mother, an overworked, exhausted nurse who would rather turn a blind eye to the possible danger of her new husband than confront his behavior and return to single motherhood; and the drunken neighbor who offers her coke for her rum, a place to hide and coaching on the inserting of tampons.

As she edges toward the unfathomable mystery of adulthood in a world in decline, Chelsea struggles, with mordant wit, to define her identity. Chelsea explores the nature of growing up female in urban, working-class America, investigating the effect of class on family structure and coming-of-age crisis. Chelsea in her refusal to run away or give up is sharply comical, piercingly sad, and surprisingly triumphant.