SHORT ENCOUNTERS: James Franco in Conversation with Peter Bart

SHORT ENCOUNTERS:  James Franco in Conversation with Peter Bart
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Saturday, June 26, 3:00 PM
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SHORT ENCOUNTERS: James Franco in Conversation with Peter Bart
90 Minute Running Time
Program: ShortFest Programs

Actor/Screenwriter/Director James Franco has written and directed three remarkable short films in the course of this last year, winning an award at the Berlin Film Festival for his haunting The Feast of Stephen and having his newest work, The Clerk's Tale, selected for the closing night film of this year's Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Best known for his acting accomplishments, having won a Golden Globe in addition to an Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy nominations for his performances in Milk, Pineapple Express and James Dean, and critical raves for his performances in In the Valley of Elah, Spider-Man and City By the Sea, Franco has now proven himself to be a remarkable writer and director as well, with a singular gift for storytelling and a distinctive voice and a vision to match.

We're delighted to be presenting all three of Mr. Franco's new films in this special program, and to have Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart introduce James Franco on stage for a wide ranging discussion of his work in film, focusing on his career as an emerging writer/director, his accomplishments as an actor, and the ways in which his work as an actor with highly accomplished directors has informed his own work as a director.

Packaged Films...

The Clerk's Tale   

The Clerk's Tale
USA, 2010, 14 min.
Trapped in a world in which the "closet" refers to more than just a place to hang clothes, a man grapples with the trappings of his life as a posh clothing store clerk.... more

The Feast of Stephen   

The Feast of Stephen
USA, 2009, 5 min.
Based on a poem by Anthony Hecht, this atmospheric tale of one boy's brush with forbidden adolescent desire pays homage to the work of Kenneth Anger, the seminal priest of contemporary homoerotic underground cinema.... more

Herbert White   

Herbert White
USA, 2009, 13 min.
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) stars as the titular character who harbors a terrible secret in this utterly compelling portrait of a family man living two distinctly separate lives.... more

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