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By Hook or By Crook is a 2001 romantic crime drama directed by Harriet Dodge and Silas Howard. In the film, Shy (Silas Howard) is a bossy butch lesbian who has just lost her father. Her sudden loss leaves her wanting more out of life, so she decides to head to San Francisco and begin a life of crime. She feels this career choice will provide her with the money she feels she needs to be happy. During Shy's travels, she meets Valentine (Harriet Dodge) who is also a butch lesbian. Valentine is traveling to San Francisco to search for her birth mother. The two women create a close friendship and are very devoted to each other. Once in San Francisco, they are met with several adversaries and difficult, sometimes dangerous, situations. Throughout all the turmoil, the two women stick together and vow to get what they both want out of life, by any means necessary.