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Howl
Directed by Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
Produced by Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
Elizabeth Redleaf
Gus Van Sant
Christine Walker
Written by Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
Starring James Franco
Aaron Tveit
Jon Hamm
David Strathairn
Mary-Louise Parker
Jon Prescott
Alessandro Nivola
Bob Balaban
Jeff Daniels
Treat Williams
Andrew Rogers
Cinematography Edward Lachman
Editing by Jake Pushinsky
Stan Webb (animation)
Studio Werc Werk Works
Release date(s) TBA 2010
Country United States
Language English

Howl is an upcoming 2010 genre-bending biopic of famed beat poet Allen Ginsberg, portrayed by James Franco.[1] The film, written and directed by Academy Award-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is structured around the 1957 obscenity trial, launched after the publication of Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems, which became a landmark case establishing a key legal precedent guaranteeing First Amendment rights for other controversial literary works.

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Plot synopsis

The film consists of three interwoven aspects: the early life of Ginsberg (Franco) in NYC and his evolution as a writer and poet; an animated re-imagining of the poem "Howl";[2] and the obscenity trial San Francisco poet and City Lights Bookstore co-founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Andrew Rogers), faced after publishing the titular poem, in which Ginsberg made references to drug use and homosexuality (the latter of which in the '50s was still considered taboo).

Cast and characters

Production

Principal photography took place in New York City.

See also

References

  1. ^ ""Werc Werk Works to produce 'Howl': James Franco stars in Ginsberg-inspired film"". Variety.com. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000365.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  
  2. ^ ""Alessandro Nivola is hotter than Audrey Tautou"". BlackBookMag.com. http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/alessandro-nivola-is-hotter-than-audrey-tautou/11028. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  3. ^ ""Indie studio Werc Werk Works to produce 'Howl' with James Franco"". MonstersAndCritics.com. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/movies/news/article_1460659.php/Indie_studio_Werc_Werk_Works_to_produce_Howl_with_James_Franco. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  
  4. ^ ""Catch him if you can: These are busy times for actor Aaron Tveit."". PaperMag.com. http://www.papermag.com/?section=article&parid=3230. Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  5. ^ ""Jon Hamm puts on legal briefs for 'Howl'"". Cinematical.com. http://www.cinematical.com/2009/03/25/jon-hamm-puts-on-legal-briefs-for-howl/. Retrieved 2009-03-25.  
  6. ^ ""David Strathairn Interview"". MovieBlog.Ugo.com. http://movieblog.ugo.com/movies/david-strathairn-interview. Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  7. ^ ""'Howl' for James Franco"". NakedNotions.com. http://www.nakednotions.com/3589173. Retrieved 2009-07-25.  
  8. ^ ""Mary-Louise Parker joins the exceptional cast of 'Howl'"". FilmSchoolRejects.com. http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/mary-louise-parker-joins-the-exceptional-cast-of-howl.php. Retrieved 2008-09-10.  
  9. ^ ""Jon Hamm rounds out final all-star cast of 'Howl'"". WercWerkWorks.com. http://www.wercwerkworks.com/news?module=news&showitem=12. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  10. ^ ""Allen Ginsberg biopic, 'Howl', gets stellar cast and crew"". BuzzSugar.com. http://www.buzzsugar.com/1964545. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  11. ^ ""Howl In Postproduction"". werkwerkwerks.com. http://www.wercwerkworks.com/projects/howl. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  12. ^ ""James Franco's Allen Ginsberg @ 'Howl'--1st look"". ReserveResult.com. http://www.reserveresult.com/2009/06/james-francos-allen-ginsberg-howl-1st.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  13. ^ ""First Look: James Franco in 'Howl'"". SlashFilm.com. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/06/09/first-look-james-franco-in-howl/. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  

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