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James Franco ~ Distinguished Speaker Series

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

James Franco

James Franco | April 29, 2017

Golden Globe-Winning Actor and Filmmaker
Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker

More About James Franco

Though James Franco’s more popular work may be on the big screen, his passion to learn and explore takes precedence in his life, constantly challenging himself in multiple facets of the industry. Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic “James Dean” earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in the critically acclaimed drama “127 Hours.”

Franco’s big screen credits include the “Spiderman” trilogy, “The Interview,” “Milk,” “Pineapple Express,” “Date Night,” “Your Highness,” “OZ the Great and Powerful,” “Spring Breakers” and “This is the End.” He previously starred in the critically-acclaimed cult classic “Freaks and Geeks” and he also had recurring roles on “General Hospital” and “The Mindy Project.”  More recently on the small screen, he was cast in the lead role of the HULU limited series “11.22.63,” which premiered in February 2016 and is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

He wrote, directed and starred in the features “Good Time Max” and “The Ape.” “Herbert White,” a short film in which he wrote and directed debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. “The Feast of Stephen,” also written and directed by Franco, premiered and won a TEDDY award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed “Saturday Night,” a documentary on the week-long production of a “Saturday Night Live” episode, which originally premiered at SXSW and “The Clerks Tale,” which premiered at Cannes. Franco wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called “The Broken Tower,” which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Franco has been enrolled at a number of prestigious institutions, including University of California at Los Angeles, Columbia University, New York University, Yale University, and Rhode Island School of Design. He has shared his interest in learning, teaching English and film courses at USC, UCLA, CalArts and NYU.

Franco is a published author whose recent works include “Straight James/Gay James,” a collection of poems, and “Palo Alto,” a compilation of short stories.  He has also released an EP, titled “MotorCity,” with his band Daddy. He made his Broadway debut in 2014 in the stage adaptation of “Of Mice and Men.”

In his free time, Franco has partnered with the organizations Art of Elysium, a Los Angeles-based charity that helps children with disabilities, and 826DC, a non-profit dedicated to helping local D.C. students excel.

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April 29
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Alumni Arena
Alumni Arena, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, 14260

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