Thursday, September 16, 2010

The sexy Howl brings 1950s poetry to life

Watermark's Lawrence Ferber interviews Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman



by Lawrence Ferber, WaterMark online, Key West. September 15, 2010

One of the year’s most buzzed-about gay titles is Howl, in which award-winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Paragraph 175, The Celluloid Closet) bring “Beat Generation” poet Allen Ginsberg’s landmark 1955 poem to life.

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will screen the hit at Muvico Baywalk on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Employing a triptych structure and superb name cast, the directors weave several strands together: scenes from Ginsberg’s youthful years (and relationships with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Peter Orlovsky), recreations of the 1957 obscenity trial against the published poem (utilizing actual court transcripts), and a gorgeously animated interpretation of Howl designed by erstwhile Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker. Read interview >>

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