WATCH: James Franco's new short film 'Guests'
James produces another short film that is affectionate, genuine and powerful in every way
James Franco has just produced a short film called Guests, a rare movie that really embodies what it's like to be bullied. Starring Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez and actor Matthew Modine, directed by Mark Columbus, the film opens James Franco's The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, a feature-length series of vignettes based on short stories by Robert Boswell.
Guests isn't another bleak, gloomy film that leaves you feeling depressed and morose; it's more of a horror film that runs the two underlying narratives with an almost nightmarish ilk. The ethnic new kid, Charlie, faces off against mean bullies, while his father, played by Matthew Modine, is dying of cancer. It's a sepia-toned, searingly touching story of a young boy fighting against two unstoppable forces.
In an interview with Dazed, Columbus recalls: "The way I imagine everything in my memory is always washed out and sun-dried, with details on the weirdest things," he says. "Such as the little crevices on concrete walls, or dust particles floating in a still room." That's the exact feeling the short film gives you.
We can't wait to watch Heyday.
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