Speaker Profile

Aaron Brookner

Job TitleWriter/Producer

Company NamePinball London


Aaron Brookner is an Award-winning British/American writer, director, producer and visual artist born in New York City. He studied film at Vassar College and began his career working on Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes and Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity before making the award-winning documentary short The Black Cowboys (2004).

He wrote an authorized screenplay based upon the life of legendary writer Budd Schulberg and directed a short documentary on Schulberg entitled Hollywood Renegade (Berlinale, 2007). His first feature film The Silver Goat (2012) was the first ever created exclusively for the iPad. Released as an app it was downloaded across 24 countries making it into the top 50 entertainment apps in the UK and Czech Republic.

In 2011 Brookner initiated a project to find and restore the films and archive material of his late uncle and earliest filmmaking influence, director Howard Brookner. The undertaking lead to the successful recovery and restoration of the cult classic Burroughs: The Movie (1983), about beat generation icon William S. Burroughs. Aaron Brookner and Paula Vaccaro produced the remastering. In October 2014 the film received a special Revivals screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival, in the company of Jim Jarmusch, Tom DiCillo and James Grauerholz. Janus Films distributed theatrically and the Criterion Collection released a special edition DVD/Blu-ray.

In 2014 Brookner created his first video installation work (Double-Breasted Trench) shown in the “Animals in the Wall” group show in Shoreditch, London as part of the William Burroughs centenary celebration. Other visual art works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Tallin and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, CCCB. He is currently preparing an exhibition with Paula Vaccaro called NOVA NOVA opening in 2020 at Somerset House, London.

In 2016 he premiered Uncle Howard, his first feature documentary, in competition at Sundance, Berlinale and 60 other festivals around the world. The film was a NYT Critic's Pick, one of the Best films of the year by Hollywood Reporter and the Best Doc of the year for DDC, Spain.


He is currently developing his 2nd feature, Ghosts, inspired by a novel written by César Aira, as well as the documentary series “1978", to be created with the exclusive archive found during the shooting of Uncle Howard about New York City in that year.


As Director

2004 The Black Cowboys (short)

2007 Hollywood Renegade (short)

2012 The Silver Goat

2016 Uncle Howard


As Producer

2019 Listen

2014 Burroughs: The Movie

2004 The Black Cowboys


As Writer

2019 The Brexpat (film)

2019, Casa Victoria (series)

2019, Listen (film)

2019, Radical Eye (series)

2016, Uncle Howard (film)

2012, The Silver Goat (film) 


About Pinball London

Pinball London is a production company committed to creating work with auteur zeal. Experienced in international co-productions we have worked wiht US, LatAm and European partners alongside the most prestigious and talented filmmakers in the world such as Emir Kusturica, Guillermo Arriaga, Sara Driver, Jim Jarmusch, Sally Potter, Edoardo de Angelis, Victoria Solano and Aaron Brookner. We have launched films at most festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. From 2016, we have expanded into serialised content. We provide Impact Producing services and consultancy on audience outreach & engagement as well as independent distribution in overseas territories and festival strategy via Pinball Audiences. We provide industry-wide trainig around picthing, independent producing and gender topics including inclusion and unconscious bias.

Conference Sessions

  • Oh My Pitch: Drama Producers' Pitch

    10 Apr 2019, 09:40 - 10:40, Palais des Festivals, Drama Creative Room, Palais -1

    In Development Drama Producers’ Pitch presents a diversity of quality projects from producers seeking development and financial partners, highlighting fresh loc...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Wed, Apr 10
      2. Event Theme(s)
        In Development
      3. Event Type
        Competition / Pitch

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