Congratulations to EWA member Paula Vaccaro (Pinball London Production), producer of "Uncle Howard" which will premiere in Sundance next January. After a record year of submissions with 12,792 entries, "Uncle Howard" is one of the 16 films selected to participate in the US Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Uncle Howard, directed by Aaron Brookner is an intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner whose work captured the late 70's and early 80's cultural revolution – and his nephew's personal journey 25 years later to discover his uncle's films and the legacy of a life cut short by the plague of AIDS.
Howard Brookner was buried on his thirty-fifth birthday in 1989. He was gay; an Ivy League graduate; broke artist; rising Hollywood star; heroin user; jet-setter; bohemian; seedy nightlife lover; director of cult docs; an honest and devoted friend – he was many things to many people. To director Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS when Aaron was only seven, right when Howard was on the brink of a promising filmmaking career.
Paula Vaccaro - Producer
Paula has worked in radio, TV, newspapers, digital platforms and films for over two decades. Based in the UK, she is one of the founders of Pinball London, a production company creating content with an auteur zeal. She has worked alongside world renowned filmmakers such as Sally Potter, Emir Kusturica, Guillermo Arriaga, Lucia Puenzo and Edoardo de Angelis among others.
At Pinball London she also leads a team providing impact producing services, training, and consultancy via Pinball Audiences and ancillary content that links films to a wider art world via Pinball Arts. With experience in international productions in the US, LatAm and Europe, Paula has trained emerging producers for over a decade and has helped facilitate GoodPitch workshops in Latin America. She holds an MA in Media Arts specialised in Documentary from the University of London and is a Professor at Kingston University, where she is developing an MA in Impact Producing as well as short courses for emerging producers. She has participated as a Jury for various awards including Focal's Awards to the Excellency in the use of Archive in films since 2010 and was an Emmy Juror between 2009 and 2014.
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