F IS FOR FRANCO
1 X 90 HD
With books, art shows, and director credits on his resume, one cannot call James Franco an actor and leave it at that. Franco has always had a strong interest in art and writing, and with the success of his more commercial feature film work came his realization that ”Now is the time” for him to make the films he wants to, and to direct projects, write, and create art on his own terms, fulfilling his unique vision. Francisco J. Ricardo is an author, art theorist, and filmmaker who taught Franco at the Rhode Island School of Design, and it was here that Ricardo began to explore what inspires these less commercial, more artistically free films and projects. This documentary delves into an early portion of this large body of work, some based on projects he did in years past, others his artistic answer to critics and those who desire to use his name to snag their own piece of celebrity. Based on hours of personal interviews between Ricardo and Franco, and footage from his archives, F For Franco takes us on a visually unconventional journey into Franco’s mind and artistic process, inviting us not merely to look at, but to experience his more unusual projects.