Howl

Part of the 1st Annual Q-Fest

Composed from court records, interviews, and Howl by Allen Ginsberg.
Animation inspired by Illuminated Poems by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker.

James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career: the poem Howl.

Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, Howl is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

Howl
is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption, and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world.

Not rated.                                                                        Running Time
                                                                                                90 min

Ticket Price: $9, $2 off for Students (with ID)
Festival Pass: $40

Howl Saturday, January 29, 2011, 6:00 pm
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