Returns September 23 on Amazon,
Early Screening at Toronto Film Festival
+ Upcoming Episode of NBC’s This is Us
Director Silas Howard burst into the spotlight with his directorship on the previous season of Amazon’s Transparent, and he’ll be returning to the director’s chair once again for the upcoming season, premiering September 23rd on Amazon. Howard directed episodes two and four and is credited as a consulting producer on the first four episodes. The first episode of the groundbreaking show will be screened at this year’s Toronto Film Festival on September 11th, ahead of the premiere date. Howard will also be attending the 2016 Emmy Awards with the cast and crew of Transparent.
It’s impossible to look away from Transparent, the first-of-its-kind Amazon series that has captivated millions of viewers; however, Silas Howard has been busy with countless other projects, including an upcoming MAC AIDS Fund campaign starring Caitlyn Jenner, ABC Family’s The Fosters, and NBC’s This Is Us. Howard directed episode seven of the anticipated new fall drama, which debuts on September 20th.
Television is a prime example of the new wave of inclusion, and as a trans man in a traditionally cis-male-dominated industry, Silas Howard is at the forefront of the movement. Says Howard, “Now is the golden age of television…TV looks more like all of us. It’s made by all of us.”
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Silas Howard is an award winning director and writer, with a longtime focus in telling honest, boundary-shattering narratives filled with groundbreaking characters. Howard’s career took off in 2001, when his first feature film, By Hook or By Crook premiered at Sundance Film Festival, ultimately winning Howard five Best Feature awards across the festival circuit.
After this success, Howard diversified into directing documentaries, music videos, web series, and most recently, television – never straying from his strength in showcasing revolutionary stories and voices.
Howard’s documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals worldwide. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW, where it won ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ by the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and ‘Best Director’ at CAAM Festival. His music video, Golden Age of Hustlers, starring Tony-nominated performer, Justin Vivian Bond, screened during the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
His documentary, Sticks & Stones, based on the legendary San Francisco transgender chanteuse, Bambi Lake, received the Horizon Completion grant and is currently playing film festivals internationally. Howard’s short films, music videos and web series have aired on MTV, Logo, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. In 2015, Howard directed the first and second seasons of SNL legend, Paula Pell’s newest brainchild, Hudson Valley Ballers. This project, produced by comedy veteran, Lorne Michaels, stars a slew of comedy icons.
Throughout his career, Howard has directed and written award-winning feature films, documentaries, musical videos, web series and television episodes. Recent television credits include Transparent, The Fosters, Faking It, and NBC’s upcoming series This Is Us.
Most recently, San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, has awarded Howard their 2015 Filmmaking Grant, to produce his newest feature film, 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.