Film & TV

James Franco Coming to Miami for Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The last time James Franco was in Miami on a cultural mission, it was to show his own art at OHWOW's Art Basel satellite fair. That might be where Franco hooked up with fellow OHWOW exhibitor Harmony Korine, who later directed a cornrowed, gold-toothed Franco in this year's Spring Breakers.

But Franco's upcoming visit to the Magic City will have nothing to do with barely legal babes in bikinis. Franco will be honored with the HBO Latin America Ally Award "for his career accomplishments and his unwavering support of the LGBT community," according to a statement from the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

See also:

- James Franco to Exhibit at OHWOW's It Ain't Fair

Is this about Franco's glowing review of The Place Beyond the Pines, in which he expressed an admiration for Ryan Gosling that might have crossed the line into a full-on mancrush? Well, it probably didn't hurt. But according to MGLFF executive director Franc Castro, the real reason Franco deserves the award is that "his multifaceted talents, coupled with his contributions to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, have helped shine the spotlight on LGBT cinema and a filmmaker's right to free expression."

In a statement, MGLFF notes films such as Milk, in which Franco played gay-rights activist Scott Smith, who was Harvey Milk's partner. Franco's upcoming film, Interior. Leather Bar., is a reimagination of the 40 minutes of footage rumored to be missing from Cruising, a 1980 gay S&M film starring Al Pacino.

So yeah, for a straight guy, Franco is pretty gay. And that's a good thing.

Franco will appear at MGLFF's screening of Interior. Leather Bar. April 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre. Visit mglff.com.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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