BY HOOK OR BY CROOK is a buddy
film that chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending,
small-town butch with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated
since the death of her father, SHY heads to the big city to sink herself
into a "life of crime". She is quickly distracted by VALENTINE,
a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee on a misguided search for
her birthmother. The two freaky grifters join forces and learn the true
meaning of "poise under pressure" in this visually stunning
and wonderfully acted, anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust and
A true tragic-comedy, BY HOOK
OR BY CROOK is like a female version of MIDNIGHT COWBOYhilarious,
poignant and brave, bringing grace and humor to its socially insightful
subjects. It is also the first of its kind: Its a movie about butches
by butches and gives voice to a powerful new creative sensibility.
Shot at over 64 locations by
indie vet D.P. Ann T. Rossetti (Go Fish) and directed with lush detail
by first-time directorsthe artist/rockstar duo Dodge and HowardBY
HOOK OR BY CROOK opens a carnival peephole into a world almost never before
captured in a narrative film: the lives of real, working class butches
(and the ladies who love them). A lucid piece of cinema verité
with fearless moments of magic realism, this film is as rowdy as it is
tender in its groundbreaking gender exploration and treatment of human
fallibility, resilience and dignity. Sketches of mental illness and money
troubles are made fresh with the rough and touching combination of rusty
hot-rod glamour and unselfconscious vulnerability.
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT
Strongly character-driven, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK puts a unique spin on a traditional Hollywood staple (the buddy movie) and faces social ills and issues straight on.
The film investigates gender-identity with sly sense of humor and keen observations about the frailty of human nature. BY HOOK OR BY CROOK'S protagonists Valentine and Shy are shown grappling with their hopes, dreams and fears--universal themes that are not based on their sexuality.
In the tradition of Ma Vie En Rose, Paris is Burning, and Boys Don't Cry; By Hook or By Crook is made from an insider's perspective, lending dignity to it's subject matter.