James Franco

Director, actor & producer


For James Franco, filming history means updating it, submitting it to a new reading. Guided by writers who knew how to weave reality from fictional life lines, he revisits his country's past to explain the doubts of his present: he draws from William Faulkner's "Stream of Consciousness" to study our relationship with mourning in While I'm Dying, and social decay in The Sound and the Fury. He also adapts John Steinbeck's In Doubtful Combat, which deals with peasant revolts in 1930s California, and Cormac McCarthy's A Child of God, which follows the descent into hell of a sick mind in 1950s Tennessee.

He does not hesitate, however, to break free from these literary supports: in Sal, he rewrites and retraces the last days of the late Sal Mineo, an openly homosexual American actor who was murdered in 1976; with Zeroville, he widens the angle to depict the decadent world of Hollywood at the same time.

If he revealed himself to the world in front of the camera as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, he has never stopped exploring new horizons. More than an actor or a director, James Franco is now an accomplished and complete artist.
The American Film Festival will pay tribute to him in his presence. On this occasion, the Festival will present a preview of his new film as director, In Dubious Battle.

James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and writer. He began his acting career in the television series Freaks and Geeks before receiving a Golden Globe for his role in the film Once Upon a Time James Dean, a biography of James Dean. He starred in The Fantastic World of Oz and Spring Breakers, played Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man trilogy, and his immense talent was particularly noticed in Harvey Milk, This Is the End, Delirium Express - for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor - and 127 Hours - for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars, the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes.

He is also the director and producer of several films, including Child of God, While I Die, Zeroville, Saturday Night and In Dubious Battle. For television, he participated in 11.22 .63 and the much anticipated The Deuce. In the theater, he received rave reviews for his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men and directed the off-Broadway play The Long Shrift.

He regularly writes articles and short stories for various magazines, is the author of several books and novels, teaches at UCLA, USC and Cal Arts and teaches acting classes at Studio 4.


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