Aaron Tveit and James Franco in Howl
(© JoJo Whilden)
Aaron Tveit and James Franco in Howl
(© JoJo Whilden)
Howl, the debut narrative feature from documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, will open Outfest 2010, the 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It will screen at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 8.

The film stars James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, and is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. The film's cast also includes Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Alessandro Nivola, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Aaron Tveit, and Treat Williams.

As previously announced, Jane Lynch will receive this year's Outfest Achievement Award. Fellow Glee cast member Chris Colfer, who plays gay high school student Kurt Hummel, will present her with the award.

For more information, visit www.outfest.org.