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

TFF 2012 Directed by James Franco and Ian Olds
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON'T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS) [TFF 2012]
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.
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.
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 70 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
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

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.

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