Queering the Canon: BY HOOK OR BY CROOK (2001) - NewFest


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“Groundbreaking when it premiered back in 2001, and it still feels just as fresh and original today” –QUEERTY


DCP Screening

Harry Dodge and Silas Howard craft a trans-butch buddy outsider story ahead of its time. An adrift Shy (Howard) wanders into a clumsy life of crime and collides with the dizzying dreams of charismatic Valentine (Dodge), who is searching for the mother he’s never met. The two team up in their own anti-authoritarian way on the outskirts of society, as they perform petty crimes, stir up individual romances, and grow deeply bonded.

Through their attempts at a better life, their soul-searching leads them to discover what “chosen family” and radical tenderness means. This SXSW audience award-winner received acclaim at its Sundance 2001 world premiere, and features iconic rocker Joan Jett amongst the ensemble of this groundbreaking and enduring achievement.

In-person tickets include a post-screening Q&A with Silas Howard, Harry Dodge, and Steak House, moderated by Brit Fryer

Part of Queering the Canon: Totally Radical
$16 In-Person Ticket | $8 for Members
$30 In-Person All Access Pass | $15 for Members
$18 Virtual All Access Pass | $9 for Members
Streaming films do not include filmmaker Q&A's


Harry Dodge, Silas Howard


Harry Dodge, Silas Howard


Silas Howard, Harry Dodge, Stanya Kahn, Carina Gia, Joan Jett



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