HOWL a film by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman OPENS the 20th INSIDE OUT Film Festival

Screens Thursday May 20, Isabel Bader Theatre, 8:00pm
Screens Thursday May 20, Isabel Bader Theatre, 8:00pm

Opening the 20th Anniversary Inside Out, Thursday May 20 at 8pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre is the Canadian premiere of Howl.  Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk, Paragraph 175) make a bold leap into narrative storytelling with Howl, an unconventional and thoroughly engrossing examination of a renegade poet, his artistic masterpiece and the obscenity trial that sparked the counter-culture. The film centres on Allen Ginsberg (portrayed by James Franco in an ardent and sublime performance) and his timeless poem “Howl,” first published in 1957 by City Light Books in San Francisco. The tiny print-run of 520 copies was subsequently seized by police, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti found himself in court, having to defend against the charge of “distributing obscene literature.” Directors Epstein and Friedman will be in attendance for the Opening Gala screening.

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