Watch: Official Trailer for James Franco's Ginsberg Film Howl

July 15, 2010
Source: The AV Club

Howl Trailer

Oscilloscope Pictures has debuted the official trailer for Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, originally on The AV Club (embed below courtesy of The Playlist). Howl is that experimental trippy indie flick about poet Allen Ginsberg, as played by James Franco. Before its premiere at Sundance, we were hyping this up with a lot of photos of Franco in character as Ginsberg. But once it premiered, interest nearly died, mostly because all of the critics saw it and most of them disliked it. It's just way too wacky, but maybe that's you're thing. This trailer delves into that a little bit, but definitely gives you a sense of what to expect, so have fun!

Watch the official trailer for Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's Howl:

Indie drama centered on the obscenity trial Allen Ginsberg faced after the publication of his poem, Howl.

Howl is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and was executive producer by Gus Van Sant. The film surrounds the 1957 obscenity trial that resulted from the publication of Ginsberg's three-part poem, which teemed with drug use and sexuality (both hetero and homo). It will also include an "animated re-imagining" of the poem. This first premiered at the Sundane Film Festival earlier this year as the Opening Night Film and is being distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures in the US. Howl will arrive in limited theaters starting on September 24th this fall. I'm not sure many will see it. Anyone interested in checking it out?

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  • Danny
    They might be on to something here... maybe they haven't nailed everything down just right but I'm definitely interested.
  • MARS
    bad beard
  • beavis
    i'm interested........but i don't like the sound of the animated reimagining of the poem.......nope, don't like that AT ALL!
  • DoomCanoe
    so sold reminds me of Im Not There and that movie was fucking perfect!
  • Shane
    Jon Hamm is totally Don Draper in this trailer.
  • Xerxex
    yeah I'm in! as DoomCanoe said its like I'm Not There, and that's a damn good thing.
  • And the first official VINTAGE-style POSTER debuted on Vulture!
  • Craig
    I like James Franco, but boring biopics just aren't my thing.
  • dwin
    Looks pretty good to me! James Franco likes gay guys.




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