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Birth of a Poet
Directed by
James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán and Zachary Kerschberg

USA / 2019 / 14

North American Premiere

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Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.
James Franco is an American actor, filmmaker and college instructor. For his role in 127 Hours, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in live-action films such as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Milk, Pineapple Express, Eat, Pray, Love, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Spring Breakers, Oz the Great and Powerful, This Is the End, and The Disaster Artist, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Pedro Gómez Millán is a Mexican born cinematographer whose work has been featured at Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, Tribeca & PlusCamerImage, among many other international film festivals. He shot the multi-director omnibus feature.

Cast/Featuring: Logan Marshall-Green, Chloë Sevigny
Executive Producer(s): Victorino Noval
Producer(s): James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Mile Levy, Julie Buck, Shruti Ganguly, Ray Markovich, Ed Bass, Kristie Lutz, Victor Pineda
Director(s): James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán and Zachary Kerschberg
Screenwriter(s): Zachary Kerschberg, James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán
Cinematographer(s): Pedro Gómez Millán, Pepe Avila del Pino
Editor(s): Daniel Garcia, Pedro Gómez Millán
Production Designer(s): Kay Lee
Composer(s)/Music: Sebastian Kauderer
Sound Designer(s): Debby Vanpoucke, David Forshee


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