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I Saw The Best Minds of My Animation…

March 26th, 2009

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The feature film Howl is currently filming in New York City. James Franco stars as a young Allan Ginsberg (I know! Since when was Ginsberg a total hottie? Movies casting can be so weird…) But anyway, the film will have animated sequences designed by illustrator Eric Drooker and directed by John Hays (of Wild Brain):

“Howl” is a feature film about the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg’s groundbreaking poem, and the young poet who gained fame as a result. The filmmaking duo of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman wrote the screenplay and will jointly direct.

“Howl” is a genre-expanding feature-length exploration of the courtroom drama of the obscenity trial over Allen Ginsberg’s poem, as well as an animated re-imagining of the poem making even more vivid Ginsberg’s extraordinary delivery of the poem.

Drooker has already created illustrations for Illuminated Poems, a collection of Ginsberg’s work that was first published in 1996. Here’s a short article, written by Ginsberg, that illuminates their collaboration. Here’ s nice picture of them together, taken by Arne Svenson.

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PS: Arne Svenson is the world’s best photographer of sock monkeys!

Anne D. Bernstein

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