Howl will be moving to The Roxie this weekend with special Q&A's with its directors, we thought we'd give you a little preview. In September, SF360 writer Susan Gerhard sat down with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to talk about the film. She describes it as: "Building a narrative that offers context, intrigue and romance to an already storied piece of Bay Area history, Howl manages to be both fact-based and fictively inspired." Here's another excerpt:
SF360: The fate of gay marriage is being decided in courts. I wonder if you can draw a link between Prop 8 and the 'Howl' trial? Epstein: Jon Hamm's character, Jake Ehrlich, has a great line in his closing statement: 'Let's stop running from nonexistent destroyers of morals.' That's what the gay marriage fight is all about: scapegoatism. That's the message Jake Ehrlich is putting forth. We're dealing with a scapegoat here. That's what we're fighting about. There's so much subtext going on because they can't deal with the overt text. The whole concept of homosexuality they couldn't debate. Because it was still 'the love that dare not speak its name' and Allen was shouting it out.Read the complete interview here. BONUS! Check out Terry Gross's recent Fresh Air interview with James Franco here.