Shorts

STICKS & STONES; BAMBI LAKE

** Read the Pitchfork interview: Silas Howard on the Unsinkable Bambi Lake and San Francisco’s History of Fringe, Queer Art

“EVERY STEET HAS A STORY” Sticks & Stones is an intimate documentary about a song, a street, and a diva. Bambi Lake, a notorious San Francisco transgender performer and entertainer, takes us on a stroll down Polk Street, sharing anecdotes and the history behind her song Golden Age of Hustlers, which was written about her time as a street hustler in the mid-70’s. She landed on Polk Street after a stint with the Cockettes and prior to regular gigs at renowned 80s/90spunk venue, the Mabuhey Gardens.

Recipient of Horizon Completion Grant

2014 Screenings: Outfest, Hammer Museum, Frameline, MiX NYC


VALENCIA: The Movie/s

VALENCIA: The Movie/s, an ambitious feature film/experiment adapted from Michelle Tea’s classic fiction-memoire Valencia(1999).

A DIY collaboration between 21 filmmakers, each of whom accepted the challenge of translating one chapter of the award-winning novel Valencia into a short film.
Silas Howard directed CHAPTER 9, in which Michelle finds herself, and her lover Iris, in the maelstrom of Iris’s sister’s wedding. Culture clash in the midst of family dysfunction and a near-dog-tragedy come to a head as we witness the complications of judge-y escape artists trying to go home again.
Valencia wins best experimental film at Polari Film Festival, Austin TX
Valencia received Completion Fund grant and premiered last June to a sold out CASTRO THEATER (FRAMELINE Film Festival) and sold out the REDCAT THEATER in LA during OUTFEST film festival! At MIX NYC, for its NYC premiere we had two sold out screenings. The kids seem to love it.

REVIEWS: Variety | After Ellen | RadarProductions Interview | FrameLine
INFO: IMDB Credits


BLINK (2009)

BLINK A rumination on the dangers of first crushes, the weight of clean guns and the habits of sea cucumbers.

TRT: 10 min
Director: Silas Howard
Cast: Heather Acs, Ben Foster, and Julia Weldon

Screened at San Francisco International Film Festival, Mix Brazil, Outfest, Strasbourg International Film Festival, Nazariya (Mumbai) Film Festival , Tel Aviv Queer Film Festival, Frameline International.
WATCH: Vimeo
MORE: IMDB


WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING (2006)

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING (2006) An irreverent tour guide for dealing with the inevitable.
A short documentary about the life and untimely death of story-teller and political activist, Kris Kovick.
TRT: 10 minutes
Director: Silas Howard
Producer: Valerie Stadler
Cast: Sini Anderson, Justin Vivian Bond, Harry Dodge, Silas Howard, and Michelle Tea

Screened at SUNDANCE Film Festival, Outfest, The Hammer Museum, Tel Aviv Film Festival, Frameline, Newfest, Mix New York Film Festival.

MORE: IMDB


ZERO TO HERO (2006)

ZERO TO HERO (2006)

TRT: 7 minutes
Director: Silas Howard
Producer: Julie Asato
Cast: Janet Fontaine


FROZEN SMILE (2005)

FROZEN SMILE (2005)

TRT: 7 minutes
Director: Silas Howard
Producer: Valerie Stadler
Cast: Michele Tannen, Leigh Rose, Deak Evgenikos, Tobby Huss