By Hook or by Crook

  • Introduction

    Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of, which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LGBTQ+ cinema.


Harry Dodge, Silas Howard , Stanya Kahn, Carina Gia,

This fiercely innovative butch and trans buddy film chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town trans man with a nagging messiah complex. Emotionally defeated after the death of his father, Shy (Silas Howard) heads to the big city to sink himself into a “life of crime.” He is quickly distracted by Valentine (Harry Dodge), a deliriously expressive, wiseacre adoptee on a misguided search for his birth mother. A gorgeous antiauthoritarian tale of friendship, trust, and redemption—shot on location in the Bay Area.

  • Harry Dodge
  • Silas Howard
  • Stanya Kahn
  • Ann T. Rossetti
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 104 mins
  • Harry Dodge
  • Silas Howard

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