Written by: FFT Webmaster | April 13th, 2012
As many people already know, the busy actor James Franco is a kind of renaissance man…..starring in feature films, writing essays and novels and even going to graduate school full time. His thesis film from New York University will have its theatrical release beginning April 27, 2012 at the IFC Center in New York City. Franco, who served as writer, director and star of the project, brings the tragic tale of a unique literary talent, American poet Hart Crane, to vivid life in this evocative work, which co-stars Michael Shannon, Stacey Miller, and Dave Franco. In a short, wild, and mostly unhappy life, Hart Crane (1899-1932) became a major figure in 20th century American poetry whose reputation has grown with time. From late adolescence, he drank heavily, spending a great deal of time in underworld sex, picking up sailors in the harbors of New York. Towards the end of his life, his behavior grew increasingly violent and self-destructive. Crane committed suicide in 1932 by jumping off the deck of a ship. He was 32. The subject of a doomed poet has apparently appealed to James Franco’s dark and moody side.