WATCH James Franco and Jon Hamm in the "Official" HOWL Trailer
“HOWL” is drama centered on the obscenity trial Allen Ginsberg, (played by my dream freak geek James Franco ) faced after the publication of his poem, Howl and how the young poet’s work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg — poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation — recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to HOWL, the most timeless work of his career. HOWL interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.
HOWL is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman HOWL also stars, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.