Silas HowardSpecial Guest
Special GuestSilas Howard is an award-winning director and writer, with a longtime focus in telling honest, boundary-shattering narratives filled with groundbreaking characters, as evident in his recent work directing episodes of Amazon’s Emmy award-winning Transparent, NBC’s Emmy award-winning This Is Us, Freeform’s The Fosters, MTV’s Faking It, and FX’s upcoming POSE.
Howard began his career crafting stories that challenged society’s conventional boundaries. His first feature film, By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. After this success, Howard diversified into directing documentaries, music videos, web series, and television. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance. His second feature, Sunset Stories, was awarded best ensemble cast by the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and best director at CAAM Festival.
Sticks & Stones, based on the legendary San Francisco transgender chanteuse Bambi Lake, was a recipient of the Horizon Completion grant and is currently playing film festivals internationally. SF Film Society, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, awarded Howard their 2015 Filmmaking Grant to produce his upcoming feature, The Lusty, about the world’s first exotic dancers’ union.
Silas Howard received his MFA at UCLA in directing and is a Film Independent Directors Lab Fellow, Nantucket Screenwriting Colony Fellow, the 2014-15 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.