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ReThink Interview: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Co-Directors of Howl

ReThink Interview: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Co-Directors of Howl

Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are well known for their documentaries addressing Lgbt issues, like their Emmy-winning 1995 doc about portrayals of gays in TV and film the Celluloid Closet, their Oscar-winning 1998 doc about the AIDS Memorial Quilt Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, and their multi-award-winning 2000 doc Paragraph 175 about the Nazi's persecution of gays from 1933-1945. In Epstein and Friedman's latest film, Howl, the duo examine Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking poem 'Howl' and the landmark censorship trial that surrounded its publication (see my ReThink Review of Howl and discussion about it on the Young Turks here). While Howl is a departure for them as their first scripted feature -- alternating between a re-enactment of Ginsberg's first reading of 'Howl' to an audience, an interview with Ginsberg about his background and the writing of 'Howl', and the...

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