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Have you heard of Howard Brookner - gay film-maker who died of Aids in 1989

I was just watching a documentary about him made by his nephew.

He apparently only made one film called "Bloodhounds Of Broadway" - which I'd never even heard of. Didn't look too great. Madonna was in it.

He also made a documentary about William Burroughs.

It was interesting though. Caught. the atmosphere of 80s NYC - where I lived then. Reminded me - there was still an energy and creativity - but with AIDS taking so many people away at the same time.
replies 12Dec 7, 2017 1:48 PM +00:00

He was Brad Gooch’s bottom. BG got a book out of it.

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Madonna became one of his dear friends during the making of "Bloodhounds of Broadway." He was battling AIDS at the time but never told anyone. Madonna, however, noticed he wasn't eating and latched on to him like an Italian mamma. As they became more acquainted, Brookner rang up Madge to disclose his illness, but as he stammered to get the words out, Madonna interrupted, "Howard, I already know."

When Brookner was in hospital, Madge visited him regularly, kissed him full on the lips, and hopped into bed with him and kept him company. The DLers here who like to paint Madge as some monstrous megacunt should know that this woman was there for her sick friends when they needed her most.
replies 2Dec 7, 2017 4:42 PM +00:00

I don't remember her doing or saying much about AIDS in the 80s when she was such a huge and influential star, R2.

replies 3Dec 7, 2017 5:23 PM +00:00

She supported two close friends who died of AIDS in the 80's and organized a dance-a-thon to benefit the AIDS Project LA in 1989. I also recall that during the height of Dynasty/Rock Hudson "AIDS kiss" hysteria ('85/'86), she appeared on SNL and mocked the fear of kissing someone HIV+.

replies 4Dec 7, 2017 6:15 PM +00:00

Madonna AIDS Benefit Concert, Madison Square Garden, 1987
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Gone to soon. Brookner was getting ready to do a film adaptation on Brad Gooch's novel "Scary Kisses," starring Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton, when he died.

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Gone to soon. Brookner was getting ready to do a film adaptation on Brad Gooch's novel "Scary Kisses," starring Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton, when he died.

They said in the documentary how different the culture was after AIDS and how different New York was. All the crap rose to the top.

replies 7Dec 8, 2017 12:24 AM +00:00

Have to watch this. Thanks OP.

replies 8Dec 8, 2017 5:22 AM +00:00

You can rent in an Amazon, R8 - & probably iTunes.

Uncle Howard is a tale of past & present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner whose work captured the 70's & 80's cultural revolution - and his nephew's journey 25 years later to discover his uncle's films and a life cut short by the plague of AIDS.
replies 9Dec 8, 2017 5:59 AM +00:00

trailer >>

Find a screening near you at Uncle Howard directed by Aaron Brookner Executive Produced by Jim Jarmusch Uncle Howard on...
replies 10Dec 8, 2017 6:05 AM +00:00
When Brookner was in hospital,

If you're American, say, "in the hospital."

replies 11Dec 8, 2017 6:11 AM +00:00

He's probably NOT American so he said it his way.

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