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FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON'T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS)

Directed by James Franco and Ian Olds
FEATURE NARRATIVE 70 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON'T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS)
Francophrenia is a brilliant, cutting-edge collaboration between famed actor and avant-garde artist James Franco and award-winning filmmaker and editor Ian Olds. When Franco signed up for an acting gig on the soap opera General Hospital, he brought along a crew to film behind-the-scenes action on set at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, creating a glimpse into the strange world of celebrity in both its public and private moments.

Working with this "found footage," director Ian Olds repurposes Franco's material into an experimental psychological thriller focusing on the actor's escalating paranoia. It is a mind-bending meditation on identity—of the individual human being whose name is James Franco, the performance artist Franco that he plays in the television soap opera, and the movie star James Franco. Added to these multiple personae, Olds and fellow screenwriter Paul Felten add a subjective interior monologue (spoken by Olds playing the voice of Franco, in fact) that underscores the conflicted relationship between these various facets of the same being. The fragile psychology of "Franco," teetering on the edge (both literally and figuratively), is enhanced by the introduction of experimental tropes throughout the film, including reverse action, abstraction, animation, and multiple-screen imagery, all set within the context of a dramatic suspense narrative.
About the Director(s)
James Franco is an Oscar-nominated actor and the director of The Broken Tower, Sal, Herbert White, The Feast of Stephen, and Saturday Night (TFF 2010). Ian Olds directed the feature documentary Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, winning Best New Documentary Director at TFF and an Emmy nomination. His documentary Occupation: Dreamland was short-listed for an Oscar.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    70 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ian Olds, James Franco
  • Screenwriter:
    Ian Olds, Paul Felten
  • Producer:
    Vince Jolivette, Miles Levy
  • Editor:
    Ian Olds
  • Director of Photography:
    Doug Chamberlain
  • Composer:
    Joe DeNardo and Kevin Doria
  • Primary Cast:
    James Franco, Kalup Linzy, Owen Renfroe, Steve Burton, Dominic Zamprogna, Julie Berman, Vince Jolivette

Contacts
  • Director
    James Franco
    Rabbit Bandini Productions
    511 Sixth Avenue, #4 New York, NY 10011
    vince@rabbitbandini.com
  • Sales Agent
    Vince Jolivette
    Rabbit Bandini Productions
    3500 West Olive Avenue #1470 Burbank, CA 91505
    vince.jolivette@me.com
  • Press Contact
    Ian Olds
    441 Clermont Avenue #2 Brooklyn, NY 11238
    Phone: 917 374 1294
    ian.olds@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Robin Baum
    PMK/HBH
    700 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. G 910 West Hollywood, CA 90065
    Phone: 310-289-6200
    robin.baum@pmkhbh.com
  • Press Contact
    Robin Baum
    PMK/HBH
    700 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. G 910 West Hollywood, CA 90065
    Phone: 310-289-6200
    robin.baum@pmkhbh.com
  • Director
    James Franco
    Rabbit Bandini Productions
    511 Sixth Avenue, #4 New York, NY 10011
    vince@rabbitbandini.com
  • Sales Agent
    Vince Jolivette
    Rabbit Bandini Productions
    3500 West Olive Avenue #1470 Burbank, CA 91505
    vince.jolivette@me.com
  • Press Contact
    Ian Olds
    441 Clermont Avenue #2 Brooklyn, NY 11238
    Phone: 917 374 1294
    ian.olds@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Robin Baum
    PMK/HBH
    700 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. G 910 West Hollywood, CA 90065
    Phone: 310-289-6200
    robin.baum@pmkhbh.com
  • Press Contact
    Robin Baum
    PMK/HBH
    700 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. G 910 West Hollywood, CA 90065
    Phone: 310-289-6200
    robin.baum@pmkhbh.com

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