Directed by Rob Epstein
and Jeffrey Friedman
Synopsis: Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, HOWL is the story young poet’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to HOWL, the most timeless work of his career. HOWL interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.
Film Presence teamed up with Oscilloscope Laboratories to spread the word to poets, writers, activists and enthusaists in New York, San Francisco, Boulder and Los Angeles for the fall 2010 release of HOWL. Film Presence oversaw in-theater events for Columbia University, The Academy of American Poets and The Poetry Society in New York and facilitated partnerships with Naropa University in Boulder as well as the UCLA Writer’s Program in LA. We set up Q&A’s in each market, cross-promotional partners and secured niche coverage in major national poetry blogs including the Public Library of Science, Poets and Writers Magazine and Silliman’s blog.