It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and animation that echoes the poem’s surreal style. All three coalesce in hybrid that dramatizes the birth of a counterculture.
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Writers: Rob Epstein (written for the screen by), Jeffrey Friedman (written for the screen by)
Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott