Bay Area Writers React to the Movie HOWL

Great roundtable discussion on Howl after a Berkeley screening last weekend, with Brenda Knight, Suzi Olmsted, Marc Olmsted, Gerald Nicosia, Nick Mamatas, Seth Harwood, and hosted by East Bay Literary Examiner’s Tony R. Rodriguez. A lively conversation with fantastic insights all in all but we do have to note that we’re a bit perplexed with Nicosia’s allegation that Peter was ‘locked up in Vermont by some lawyer.’ It’s a little unclear how he’s so certain that that’s the case, since, as far as we know, he himself never spent any time up there in St.Johnsbury with Peter. So it goes…… Read More

Howl Reviews New York Magazine & The Advocate (& the LA Times)

Since the Sundance opening of James Franco’s take on Allen Ginsberg in Howl, I’d heard the movie was howlingly bad — which makes me think that some of the best critical minds of my generation have been destroyed by cynicism. The film, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is an exhilarating tribute from one form (cinema) to another (poetry). Read full story >>

While your at New York Magazine, check out Franco’s favorite poems list >>

And then there’s James Franco in the October issue of The Advocate. (a few more day’s of HOWL press and we’ll stop, we … Read More

Regina Weinreich: Howl for Peter Orlovsky: A Clash of Aesthetics

From Gossip Central: A Diary of the Arts

A scheduling glitch created the following conundrum: Best Generation poet and Allen Ginsberg’s longtime mate, Peter Orlovsky, who died in June, was remembered on Wednesday at St. Mark’s Church. Meanwhile the New York premiere of “Howl,” the new movie starring James Franco with Peter (Aaron Tveit) in a small role took place a few blocks across town at the IFC Center. Having filled the prestigious slot of opening night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the anticipation was high for this movie: part animation, part courtroom drama, part … Read More

Visualizing Madness: The Art of “Howl” Steve Silberman interviews Eric Drooker

Steve Silberman interviews Eric Drooker and gets behind the animation element of HOWL, the section we think is so far the most under-appreciated component to the film.

Visualizing Madness: The Art of “Howl”

By Steve Silberman Posted: September 24, 2010On a hot August night on the Lower East Side in 1988, poet Allen Ginsberg stepped out of a cab and into a riot. Tensions simmering between police and squatters in Tompkins Square Park had been brought to a boil by a curfew. The author of “Howl” — an epic lament for the “best minds” of the poet’s … Read More

More Howl Reviews

Angel-Headed Hipster

Artist Eric Drooker howled with Ginsberg, illustrates his epic poem

By Jerry Portwood

You probably know artist Eric Drooker’s work even though you may not recognize his name. He’s produced artwork for over a dozen covers of The New Yorker, several depicting books stacked to resemble skyscrapers. Now his art has been adapted as animated sequences in Howl, the film about the landmark 1957 obscenity trial on the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl, starring James Franco. Read full review in NY Press >>

And A.O. Scott’s New York Times Review.

[Aaron Tveit and James Franco in
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Howl Premiers Tonight!

After so many years, some 9 years in fact, Howl premiers in NYC tonight and opens in NYC & SF theaters Friday and nationwide (US) next week. Congratulations to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for completing this monumental project, to Eric Drooker for the herculean task of animation design, & John Hays at Wild Brain! for shepherding Drooker through that task, Werk Work Works for coming in and financing the project, to Jawal Nga who jumped in at the very beginning before anyone had a clear idea of where the film would go or even if it would ever happen, … Read More

Newsweek Review: Bohemian Rhapsody When is a biopic not just a biopic? When, like ‘Howl,’ it’s got poetry in its soul.

The movie opens in black and white with a bespectacled poet adjusting his glasses and preparing to read. In the audience, college kids drink wine from glass jugs and blow cigarette smoke dramatically skyward. The poet begins. “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” It’s Allen Ginsberg (James Franco), the poem is Howl, and this is the point at which a traditional biopic would flash back to Ginsberg’s childhood, then proceed forward in a dutiful, linear manner, detailing all the events that led the man to create the work. Instead, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey … Read More