Sunday, May 16, 2010

Frameline chooses HOWL as closing night film

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Sunday, June 27 @ 7:30pm
Castro Theatre

In this highly-anticipated film about the early years of poet Allen Ginsberg, Academy Award winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman bend genres to depict the spark of a literary revolution about Ginsberg's epic poem Howl. James Franco (Milk) shines as the young poet, making waves with his poem, Howl. The film is a hybrid of stories including an imagined recreation of an unpublished interview given to Time in 1957; Howl’s obscenity trial in a San Francisco courtroom; and luminous animation by Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker, capturing the essence of the poem. The extraordinary format adds to a feeling of restlessness, a sense that 1950s America is on the cusp of radical change, sentiments that saturate Ginsberg’s poetry. An impressive cast adds depth to this masterpiece of a film, including Jon Hamm (
Mad Men) who’s absolutely brilliant as an attorney representing City Lights, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker. This film is not to be missed!


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