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James Franco Hosts Screening at Johns Hopkins

March 8, 2012

Baltimore boys, beware: Unfair competition is heading your way. James Franco—actor, author, filmmaker, and every woman’s not-so-secret celebrity obsession—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 “tortured” 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 Crane’s poetry—not to mention the chance to see Franco’s signature “serious artist” gaze firsthand—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.