TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director James Franco

The Toronto International Film Festival  (TIFF) has the unique distinction of both celebrating new filmmakers as well as being the traditional platform to kick off established Hollywood’s seemingly endless awards season. As an attendee in 2017 you can take in major releases like George Clooney’s Suburbicon (good luck getting a ticket) as well as edgier fare such as the 20 year old Midnight Madness program that has a reputation for mixing genres and styles by emerging and slightly more established artists.

New Machine’s Ana Stefanovic writes about the 11 filmmakers being showcased as part of the Midnight Madness section, with this article featuring James Franco (pictured).

TIFF runs from September 7 to 17. Click here for the full lineup.

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Country: USA
Synopsis: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room

Well known actor, writer and now emerging director James Franco is screening his SXSW hit The Disaster Artist. In addition to his notable strengths as both a dramatic and comedic actor, James has been directing cutting edge films, documentary and television since his 2005 comedy feature debut The Ape.

James was born in Palo Alto, California in 1978 and attracted widespread industry attention following the TNT made-for-television movie, James Dean (2001), which earned him a Golden Globe statue for his performance. James has studied english, writing and filmmaking at institutions like UCLA, NYU Tisch, Brooklyn College and Yale University and considers a broad education crucial to a successful career as a filmmaker. In addition to the Golden Globe, James scored an important Oscar nomination for his performance in 127 Hours in 2010. He has also had success as a short filmmaker when ‘The Feast of Stephen’ (2009) was nominated for Gold Hugo award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2010 and won a Teddy at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. James is also highly regarded in Europe, the feature drama In Dubious Battle (2016) won Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Special Award and Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award at Venice Film Festival in 2016.

See James’ full credits on IMDB.

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