James Franco is the young Allen Ginsberg—poet and counter-culture adventurer of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, he recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying work of his career, “Howl.”
Rob Epstein, also credited as Robert P. Epstein, is a director, producer, writer and editor. Epstein has won two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature for the films The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.
In making the transition to scripted narrative, Epstein wrote, directed, and produced (with Jeffrey Friedman), the feature film Howl, starring James Franco as young Allen Ginsberg. Howl was the opening night film of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and in the official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. Howl won the 2010 Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review.
Epstein is the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the International Documentary Association’s Pioneer Award for his contributions to the field, as well as the Outfest Achievement Award and the Frameline Film Festival Award.
As a child, Rob Epstein had a painting studio set up in the basement… read more
Jeffrey Friedman (born in Los Angeles, California on 24 August 1951) is a non-fiction filmmaker, director, producer, writer and editor. Friedman has won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.
Friedman has been making films with Rob Epstein since 1987, when they formed the production company Telling Pictures in San Francisco, California. Together they wrote, directed, and co-produced HOWL (2010), starring James Franco as the poet Allen Ginsberg, featuring Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, and Bob Balaban. HOWL, which was executive produced by Gus Van Sant, premiered on opening night at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by the Berlin and London International Film Festivals. It was released theatrically and on home video by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the U.S. and internationally by The Match Factory. HOWL received a 2011 Freedom of Expression Award from… read more
Pretty weak tea for such strong history The CGI animation was pretty awful, standard video game look and feel, and there was a lot of it. Except for Straithairn (!), the court scenes were inert. But Franco got Ginsberg. His delivery of the poetry as prophesy rant was right on.But those awful audience reaction shots! In all, a disappointing blown opportunity to make a popular movie about a radical poem.
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James Franco plays Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, which opened the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday evening
I admit, I’m a total sucker for any film focussed on literature and the freedom of speech. I also admit that because of that I could be rating this film a bit high, but it is not without merit. This… read review
Three stories. 1) Strathairn, puritanically uncomfortable with obscene language, doesn’t understand meaning or literary merit of Howl. Hamm defends publisher Ferlinghetti against those who say Howl… read review