Programme for
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tickets for all public events can be bought on the Berlinale website.


HAU1 20:00 - 22:00 public event

Film Screening: Uncle Howard

Aaron Brookner
moderated by Florian Weghorn

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

After filmmaker Howard Brookner died from AIDS-related illnesses at the age of 34 in 1989, his œuvre was in danger of being forgotten – until his nephew Aaron (Talent Project Market 2013) decided to preserve his uncle’s legacy and digitalize his first film, the cult classic Burroughs: The Movie (1983). Aaron’s research led him to the discovery of a rich archive of material, shot by Howard between 1978 until the end of the 1980s and documenting the decade’s vibrant art and gay scene in downtown New York. Aaron Brookner takes us on an adventurous and very personal journey, accompanied by conversations with his uncle’s close friends, including Robert Wilson and Jim Jarmusch. The resulting film is a powerful and loving portrait of an unfinished artist who left this world far too soon.
photo of Aaron Brookner

Aaron Brookner

Born in New York City, USA in 1981, he is a director and screenwriter. His debut film THE SILVER GOAT (2012) was the first feature film created exclusively for the iPad. The discovery of the archives of his uncle, director Howard Brookner, allowed him to oversee the restoration of Brookner’s cult classic BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE (1983), about William S Burroughs, as a producer. His artistic output also includes a number of video installations.

Moderated by

photo of Florian Weghorn

Florian Weghorn

Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.