James Franco Hosts Screening at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore boys, beware: Unfair competition is heading your way. James Francoâ€”actor, author, filmmaker, and every womanâ€™s not-so-secret celebrity obsessionâ€”is coming to Johns Hopkins on March 9 to attend a screening of his film The Broken Tower. The black-and-white docudrama, which Franco wrote, starred in, edited, and co-produced, retells the â€śtorturedâ€ť life of a fellow artist, poet Hart Crane. The screening, followed by a discussion with Franco and Hopkins faculty members John Irwin and Linda DeLibero, might tend toward the dark: Crane struggled with alcohol addiction, depression, and bouts of artistic self-doubt, eventually committing suicide at the age of 32. But even with all that, given the ambition and unexpected optimism of Craneâ€™s poetryâ€”not to mention the chance to see Francoâ€™s signature â€śserious artistâ€ť gaze firsthandâ€”we hedge our bets it will be worthwhile.
The screening is free and open to the public and takes place at 2 p.m. in Shriver Hall on Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus. For more information visit Johns Hopkins’ Film and Media Studies page.