Howl, which opened in theaters on September 24th, is a new biopic about beat poet Allen Ginsberg starring James Franco (Spider-Man), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jeff Daniels (State of Play), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck). We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with the film's writing and directing team, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, about the movie, James Franco's performance, and the life of Allen Ginsberg:

Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, Howl is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg, poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to Howl, the most timeless work of his career.