FrancoFest Comes to IFC Center

An astonishingly prolific polymath, James Franco has already produced an impressive body of work as an actor, writer, producer and director that would make an artist twice his age jealous. His choices have never feared complexity or controversy, and each new project bristles with the thrill of discovery. We’re thrilled to present this not-even-mid-career survey, which includes some of Franco’s most notable performances — SPRING BREAKERS, 127 HOURS and more — and a sampling of the features he has directed, among them AS I LAY DYING, BROKEN TOWER, SAL and others.

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Interior.Leather.BarINTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
Wed Mar 5 – Thu Mar 13
Inspired by the mythology surrounding the highly controversial 1980 film, Cruising, starring Al Pacino — in which 40 minutes of sexually explicit material was forced to be cut out — filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews set out to re-imagine the lost footage. Assembling a mix of gay and straight men, including Val Lauren (The Salton Sea, Live from Baghdad) in the lead role, the result is a provocative exploration of the importance of the radical and transgressive in society and the value of engaging with the unfamiliar.
Directors James Franco and Travis Mathews in person Wed Mar 5 at 9:30, late shows Fri-Mar 7 & Sat Mar 8 at 12:15am!

127 HOURS
Thu Mar 6 at 3:00pm
Wed Mar 12 at 7:15pm
Danny Boyle’s harrowing account of a mountain climber stranded under a boulder earned Franco an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

the-ape__francofestTHE APE
Wed Mar 5 at 12:45pm
Fri Mar 7 at 7:15pm
Franco’s darkly comic directorial debut follows a struggling writer trying to contend with an ape living in his NYC apartment.

AS I LAY DYING
Wed Mar 5 at 7:00pm — Franco in person!
Thu Mar 6 at 12:45pm
Franco’s bold adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic “unfilmable” novel, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride.

James-Franco-FrancoFest_IFC_CenterTHE BROKEN TOWER
Mon Mar 10 at 7:15pm
Wed Mar 12 at 12:45pm
Franco’s lush black-and-white portrait of the brief and tumultuous life of 20th-century poet Hart Crane.

CRUISING
Fri Mar 7 & Sat Mar 8 late shows at 12:05am
Tue Mar 11 & Wed Mar 12 at 3:00pm
William Friedkin’s notorious policier follows Al Pacino as a cop investigating a murder in New York’s gay underbelly. The inspiration for Franco and Mathews’s INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. DCP projection.

FrancoShorts
Thu Mar 13 at 7:15pm
A collection of short films directed by and starring Franco, including gallery work and music videos.

FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON’T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS)
Thu Mar 6 at 7:45pm — Franco in person!
Mon Mar 10 at 12:45pm
Co-directed with documentarian Ian Olds, Franco’s pseudo-doc goes behind-the-scenes of the actor’s infamous stint on soap opera General Hospital.

GOOD TIME MAX
Sun Mar 9 at 9:30pm
Thu Mar 13 at 12:45pm
Franco’s third directorial outing depicts the lives of two genius brothers as they grow up and grow apart.

howl_francofest_IFCCenterHOWL
Wed Mar 5 at 3:00pm
Tue Mar 11 at 7:15pm
Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in this highly stylized account of the creation of, and controversy surrounding, the noted poet’s greatest work.

IDAHO, plus other shorts
Sat Mar 8 at 9:45pm — Franco in person!
A short film derived from one of three scripts Van Sant used to create MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, with its Super-8 texture meant to be a “ghost” of his original conception.

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO
Fri Mar 7 late show at 12:10am
Sat Mar 8 at 7:15pm
Gus Vant Sant’s New Queer Cinema landmark combines documentary, surrealism, and Shakespeare to tell the story of two street hustlers on a journey of self-discovery, and proved a huge influence on a young Franco. 35mm print.

MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER
Sun Mar 9 at 7:15pm
Thu Mar 13 at 3:00pm
Franco’s re-edited version of MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, culled from hours of unused out-takes of star River Phoenix.

SAL
Fri Mar 7 at 10:15pm — Franco in person!
Tue Mar 11 at 12:45pm
Franco’s loving tribute to the life of murdered actor Sal Mineo, co-star of Rebel Without a Cause.

Spring BreakersSPRING BREAKERS
Thu Mar 6 at 9:30pm — Franco in person!
Fri Mar 7 at 12:45pm
Sat Mar 8 late show at 12:10am
Mon Mar 10 at 3:00pm
In Harmony Korine’s breakout hit, four co-eds hold up a diner and head toward their Florida dreams, only to meet up with corn-rowed dealer Alien (Franco, in a highly acclaimed performance) with other plans.

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