Filmmaker and art theorist Dr. Francisco J. Ricardo delves into the creative mind of the multi-faceted visual artist James Franco in this visually experimental documentary film. As the two converse on Franco's thoughts and process in executing some of his early experimental art and film work, the viewer is invited to experience these art pieces, some of which were rarely seen outside of a film festival or art show.
Actor, director, author, visual artist – all of these terms can be applied to James Franco, whose presence looms large over Hollywood. In 2013 he starred in two blockbuster films (Oz the Great and Powerful and This is the End), published his book A California Childhood, and exhibited an art installation, “Psycho Nacirema”, at Pace London. If you are not familiar with these last two projects, or his collaborative art installation, “REBEL”, you are probably not alone. 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, 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 once taught Franco at the Rhode Island School of Design. It was here that he began to explore Franco’s creative processes and what inspires these less commercial, more artistically free films and projects. This documentary explores 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 grab their own piece of celebrity. Based on hours of personal interviews between Ricardo and Franco, and footage from his archives, F For Franco is a visually unconventional meditation on the art of James Franco that lies outside the realm of what his audience is used to seeing.
Sit back and enjoy the ride into James Franco's creative mind!
Hollywood Film Festival