A KID LIKE JAKE
2018 Sundance Film Festival World Premiere
OCTAVIA SPENCER, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, ANN DOWD and AMY LANDECKER JOIN JIM PARSONS and CLAIRE DANES IN A KID LIKE JAKE
New York, NY – May 10, 2017 – New York, NY – Nov 29, 2017 – A Kid Like Jake, (That’s Wonderful Productions) featuring Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Michaela Watkins and Ann Dowd will make its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2018.
Based on Daniel Pearle’s celebrated Lincoln Center play, A Kid Like Jake was adapted for the big screen by Daniel Pearle and will be directed by Silas Howard, an award-winning feature film, documentary, music video and television director.
The story centers on a Brooklyn couple, played by Parsons and Danes, trying to find the right kindergarten for their precocious 4-year-old-son who prefers to dress up as a princess instead of G.I. Joe. As they navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them over what’s best for their son.
Silas Howard commented,
“We live in a world that cherishes a child’s uniqueness while paradoxically punishing difference. I’m interested in the ways that, even when acting out of love, people can do harm when confronted with the fear of the uncontrollable.How does a parent balance those intense pressures? These tensions fascinate me both as a filmmaker and as someone with intimate knowledge of our culture’s fixation on policing gender.”
MORE THAN T, Showtime
Beyond the headlines and debates about gender rights witness the multidimensional lives of seven transgender and gender nonconforming individuals as told through the lens of celebrated filmmaker Silas Howard.
In celebration of Pride Month, SHOWTIME will debut this documentary that depicts the illuminating and empowering stories of seven transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.
THE LUSTY (In Development)
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)
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.”
Directors: Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda
Executive Producer: Justin Lin
Producers: Tatiana Kelly and Valerie Stadler
Cinematographer: PJ Raval
Distribution: FILM BUFF
Narrative Feature Film
SXSW Premiere, LA Asian Pacific FF (Winner Best Ensemble Cast), CAAM Fest (Winner Director Award), Latino International Film Festival
MARCH 17th, 2013 SCREENING at SAN FRANCISCO’S historic CASTRO THEATER as part of CAAMFEST.
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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK (2002)
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
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
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