MOVIES | “Howl” director Jeffrey Friedman: “We knew we had to come up with something different and challenging”
Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein are known as documentary filmmakers, responsible for The Times of Harvey Milk (which won Epstein an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature), The Celluloid Closet, and many others. Their newest film Howl (produced by local company Werc Werk Works, and opening this weekend at the Lagoon Cinema), is the story of Allen Ginsberg’s eponymous poem, and the ensuing obscenity trial. Howl is their first feature film, shot in color and black and white, and also has a number of animated sequences. I had the opportunity to speak with director Jeffrey Friedman about this fascinating project.