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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

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Price: $24.95
Item Number: 83012

This new gender-bending buddy film – dubbed by some as the "lesbian Midnight Cowboy" – is sure to be considered an essential piece of queer cinema in years to come. By Hook or By Crook explores the frailty of the human spirit of two gender-fucking butch dykes, Shy and Valentine. After the loss of her father, Shy (Silas Howard, of the band Tribe 8) leaves Kansas for the big city, submerging herself into a life of crime. During her journey, she collides with Valentine (Harry Dodge, owner of San Francisco's Bearded Lady Café and who also starred in John Waters' Cecil B. Demented), a misguided soul searching for her birth mother as well as someone to talk to. The duo forms an unbreakable bond, along with Valentine's girlfriend Billie, and proceeds to wreak havoc in the city like a pair of queer superheroes.

Drawing from the queer underground artists' scene of San Francisco, Dodge and Howard delve into the psyche of struggling, working-class dykes with uncanny wit and humor. Each scene is intense, poignant and bold, as the digital camera captures the true essence of the characters and their self-realization, and the spirit of the city. This film is not about being male or female, lesbian or gay, but more about finding the median between your gender and your happiness. By Hook or By Crook takes you on a whirlwind circus of realism, fearlessness, insightfulness and sensibility.

-Kelly Burkhardt

Actors: Carina Gia, Silas Howard, Joan Jett, Stanya Kahn, Kris Kovic
Directors: Silas Howard
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Unrated, Not Rated
Studio: Wolfe Video
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
Run Time: 98 minutes

 

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