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James Franco Takes on Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ to Close LGBT Film Festival Tonight at the Castro

Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) celebrate the life and poetry of Allen Ginsberg with their most audacious undertaking to date: Howl, a rousing, almost hallucinatory cinematic interpretation of the author's most famous work and an effective re-enactment of the 1957 obscenity trial, held in San Francisco, that made it famous.

Epstein and Friedman, joined by star James Franco, will present the film's regional premiere tonight at the Castro Theatre, where it will close Frameline34, San Francisco's International LGBT Film Festival. A party, featuring cocktails, desserts and decorations inspired by Ginsberg's poem, will follow at the Botanical Garden Society, located at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. For ticket-purchasing information, click here.