The UWF Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Open Books Prison Book Project will be co-sponsoring a free screening of the film “Howl” starring James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg. The film explores the life of poet Allen Ginsberg and the 1957 obscenity trial that followed the release of his book “Howl.” This event is being hosted by Artel Art Gallery at 223 Palafox Place in Downtown Pensacola. There will be door prizes and raffles and donations will be collected for the Prison Book Project and Artel Art Gallery. Following the film, a guest speaker from the UWF Department of English will lead a discussion on the life of Allen Ginsberg and the impact of his poetry on American culture.
“Howl” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this last year’s Sundance Film Festival. The New York Times described “Howl” as “an exemplary work of literary criticism on film, explaining and contextualizing its source without deadening it.” Artist Eric Drooker provides graphic animation to the film, adding immensely to this artistic rendition of Allen Ginsberg’s life and most famous and controversial work.
This film will be shown free of charge, but donations will be graciously accepted for the Open Books Prison Book Project and Artel Gallery.
For more information on this event, please visit www.openbookspcola.org.
What: Film Screening of “Howl,” featuring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg
When: Saturday, January 15th at 7pm
Where: Artel Gallery, located at 223 Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola
Who: co-sponsored by the UWF Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Open Books Prison Book Project
Cost: Free, but we will graciously accept donations for the Open Books Prison Book Project and Artel Gallery.