Alex Garcia Boards ‘Uncle Howard’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Uncle Howard

AG Studios, Itaca to co-produce Aaron Brookner’s docu-feature on ‘Burroughs: the Movie’ director Howard Brookner

MEXICO CITY – L.A.-based producer Alex Garcia is joining London-based Paula Vaccaro and exec producer Jim Jarmusch to produce “Uncle Howard,” the life-story of filmmaker Howard Brookner.

Garcia’s AG Studios and Itaca Films, part of the AG Studios group, will co-produce and co-finance. The “Uncle Howard” deal strengthens the film-by-film relationship between Vaccaro’s Pinball London and Garcia who teamed via BN Films with Pinball and Rasta Intl. Production to co-produce Emir Kusturica’s “On the Milky Road,” via BN Films, where he partners with Lucas Akoskin. Vaccaro also produced Kusturica’s segment “Our Life” in BN Films “Words with Gods,” produced by Guillermo Arriaga.

Helmed by Aaron Brookner, Howard Brookner’s nephew, “Uncle Howard” is a feature documentary, currently in post-production in London, which follows Aaron Brookner as he tries to recover the legacy and body of work of his uncle who died of AIDS in New York in 1989.

“Uncle Howard” features interviews with Jim Jarmusch, Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs, France’s once-Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand and never before seen outtakes of “Burroughs: The Movie,” “Nova Convention,” as well as behind the scenes of Howard Brookner’s last movie, “Bloodhounds of Broadway,” starring Madonna, Matt Dillon, Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Grey.

As part of “Uncle Howard,” Brookner has re-mastered “Burroughs: the Movie,” Howard Brookner’s breakthrough movie which he shot with fellow NYU classmates Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo – cinematographer on the movie, he supervised the grading on the re-master –  and is the only feature docu on “The Naked Lunch” author. It premiered to acclaim at the 1983 New York Film Festival.

“Burroughs: the Movie” will be released by the Criterion Collection as part of its Christmas 2015 editions. “Uncle Howard” is scheduled for a 2016 bow.

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