With any luck, later this year audiences everywhere will get to see “Howl,” a brilliant film by Academy-Award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Starring James Franco as a young Allen Ginsberg, the film follows the 1957 trial surrounding the publication of his poem “Howl.” full story >>… Read More
[The cast and crew the last day of filming in NYC, last year April. Producers Christine Walker and Elizabeth Redleaf are far left, and front row are Jeffrey Friedman, cinematographer Ed Lachman (in hat), James Franco and Rob Epstein. All wearing Ginsberg glasses courtesy the props department. photo: courtesy Jan McLaughlin]
[John Hamm left as defense attorney Jake Ehrlich and David Strathairn for the prosecution, in Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl]
The reviews have been flooding in since Howl’s premiere last Thursday at Sundance. For better or for worse, the information-age allows for instant reviews, virtually posted, minutes after the house-lights come up. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy probably one of the the first, praises it with an incredibly lukewarm touch, but we here at Ginzy Central seem to think Filmjunk have pretty well nailed it, line for line, both for the film and for answering the critics. … Read More
After 8 years in the making, and plenty of reinventions, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film Howl has finally arrived. It screened to a select audience in NYC Monday, but has it’s official premiere tomorrow night at Sundance, and the first reviews are just starting to trickle in.
A few words from James Franco in Vanity Fair appeared online, but pretty much the official first review comes from B Ruby Rich courtesy London’s Guardian:
Ginsberg’s Howl resounds on film
In 1955, Allen Ginsberg performed a poem about sex, drugs and race that became a battlecry for the US counterculture. It
The elusive novelist, who returned from exile in Mexico two weeks ago to remain in the U.S. “as a fugitive and as salt in the wounds of J. Edgar Hoover,” is now in the Redwood City Jail in California. He is charged with possession of marijuana.
John Zorn Trio
Produced by Hal Willner
Kupferberg suffered two strokes in April and September 2009 which left him virtually blind, confined to his apartment and in need of 24-hour care. He is recovering well—he is able to speak clearly—but has overwhelming medical ($3,500 a month!) expenses not covered by Medicare or the very modest publishing/royalties income he earns … Read More
Laki Vazakas, has been posting his videos of the last 17 years that feature some of the beat generation’s great unsung heroes & we can’t thank him enough. There just isn’t enough footage of any of these colorful personalities, so we jump at ever chance we get to see & hear them. Included in this pantheon are Herbert Huncke, Mary Beach (collagist, translator, editor, wife of Claude Pelieu and so much more) Charles Plymell (old friend of Allen’s since they roomed together with Neal Cassady in 1963), and that’s just for starters. We’ll get you going with Herbert Huncke … Read More
We stumbled across this humorously puerile You Tube video-skit based on Allen’s interview with the arch-conservative former Washington Times columnist John Lofton and couldn’t resist posting. The You Tube page takes you to the full script of the interview on Beliefnet as it was printed in Harpers Magazine in January 1990 [or it did, the link, that particular link, no longer works], so we figured that we may as well just post the link here too, but with the caveat (and that’s a huge caveat) that it’s abridged and that the complete version is published in David Carter’s meticulously transcribed … Read More
These Village Voice ‘Clipjob’$ posting are and endless source of entertainment these days, and a real reminder of how some things have changed, while others haven’t.
“Congress Drops Acid with Allen Ginsberg” covers Allen’s 1966 testimony to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on his own experiences with LSD in an attempt to dispel government disinformation that was proliferating at the time.
“I’m here to tell you about my personal experiences,” he began softly, “and am worried that without sufficient understanding and sympathy for personal experience laws will be passed that are so rigid that they will cause more harm than the … Read More