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James Franco to receive ally award at Miami LGBT film fest

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will honor actor-author-director James Franco with an ally award on April 27 at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.

The festival runs April 26-May 5.

Franc Castro, executive director of the MGLFF, said Franco’s “multi-faceted talents coupled with his contributions to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes have helped shine the spotlight on LGBT cinema and a filmmaker’s right to free expression.”

Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic “James Dean” earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture made for television.

Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award, as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed drama “127 Hours.”

His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” earned an Independent Spirit Award and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy “Pineapple Express.”

Franco is currently starring in Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.”

Franco’s next film, “Interior. Leather Bar.” recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will make its Southeast Premiere at the MGLFF on April 28 in Miami Beach. Franco’s co-director, Travis Mathews, will be in attendance at the screening and accept the HBO Latin America Vanguard Award for his innovation as a filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of conventional story telling.