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MIDNIGHT

KING COBRA

Directed by Justin Kelly
FEATURE NARRATIVE 92 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE KING COBRA
Writer-director Justin Kelly follows up last year’s festival favorite, I Am Michael, with a ripped-from-the-headlines drama covering the early career of Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), who rose to niche stardom as the gay porn headliner Brent Corrigan, yet did not see the returns he expected from his meteoric success.

Offended by his paltry paycheck, Lockhart falls out with the owner, director, and producer (Christian Slater) of the label that made his famous Cobra video. When the newly minted sex symbol attracts the attentions of a cash-strapped pair of rival producers and performers (James Franco and Keegan Allen) an all out porn turf war ensues. Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald offer memorable turns as the mother and sister stunned by the revelations of the sordid, secret lives of their loved ones as the film delves into the most extreme lengths people will go to stay in the game.

—Dan Hunt
Drama
About the Director(s)
Justin Kelly's feature directorial debut, I Am Michael (starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and executive produced by Gus Van Sant), premiered at both Sundance and Berlin’s 2015 festivals. Prior, he worked as an editor while making short films, music videos, and developing features.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Midnight
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Justin Kelly
  • Screenwriter:
    Justin Kelly
  • Producer:
    James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Jordan Yale Levine, Scott Levenson, Shaun Sanghani
  • Editor:
    Joshua Raymond Lee
  • Associate Producer:
    Thymaya Payne
  • Cinematographer:
    Benjamin Loeb
  • Composer:
    Tim Kvasnosky
  • Co-Producer:
    Iris Torres, Jon Keeyes
  • Production Designer:
    Anastasia White
  • Costume Designer:
    Matthew Simonelli
  • Sound Designer:
    Scott Kramer
  • Cast:
    James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    John Murphy
    Murphy PR
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212 414 0408
    jmurphy@murphypr.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
    filmsales@caa.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Jordan Yale Levine
    Yale Productions
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 310 927 7934
    jyl@yaleproductions.com

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