Silas Howard has been named the first Trans Guest Director of Jill Soloway’s original Golden Globe winning and Emmy contending series Transparent, a daring comedy about a father coming out as a woman to her family that is extremely poignant while remaining sincerely empathetic. The series is currently in production, and is expected to be released later this year.
Recently, Silas returned to direct the hilarious Hudson Valley Ballers, a witty web series produced by and streamed on Above Average—the digital arm of Broadway Video. Hudson Valley Ballers is a quirky, comical, and imaginative Web series that follows the lives ofSaturday Night Live writers and best friends James Anderson and Paula Pell after they are semi-fired from their jobs and decide to open a bed and brunch in the Hudson Valley. In doing so, they encounter an interesting array of characters who stay at their The Embarrassed Lamb BnB, portrayed by stars that will include Rachel Dratch, Alex Karpovsky, Greta Lee, Cecily Strong, Mickey Sumner, and many other surprise guest stars. Catch Pell on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight talking about this season, which premieres today.
Silas is also in the process of creating a short film for the provocative musician-producer-filmmaker-performance artist Peaches. Leading up to her new album release the two will be creating a video featuring the track "I Mean Something".
His music film, Golden Age of Hustlers, captures the 70's gay hustler scenes on Polk Street in San Francisco from an insider's perspective. Starring Tony-nominated performer Justin Vivian Bond with music performed by Bambi Lake, the video screened during the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Currently his documentary, Sticks & Stones, based on Bambi, a legendary transgender chanteuse and recipient of the Horizon Completion grant is playing the film festival circuit.
Silas' first feature film, By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals internationally. His short films, music videos and web series have aired on MTV, Logo, Showtime, and the Sundance Channel. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW in 2012 and was picked up for distribution byFilm Buff.
Silas Howard received his MFA at UCLA in directing in 2008 and was the recipient of the Kovler Family Fellowship in Film & Television, the Wasserman Film Production award, Motion Picture Association of America award and twice nominated for the Rockefeller Media Award. Silas is a Film Independent Directors Lab Fellow, Nantucket Screenwriting Colony Fellow and currently the 2014-15 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.