What does James Franco’s sneaky ‘Color Of Time’ have to do with ‘Oz?’: Exclusive

12.09.14 3 years ago

One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me.

Take, for example, “The Color Of Time.” You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of CK Williams.

Franco's used the real life of CK Williams and his poetry to craft a storyline that follows the poet through his real life, spanning almost 40 years. What's really remarkable about the film is that it exists at al, though. The film was made on the sly and on the cheap while Franco was filming “Oz The Great and Powerful,” and he shot it using several of his “Oz” co-stars.

It would be incredibly easy while working on a film to simply enjoy the frequent starts and stops of things and just wait it out while working on a hobby or reading or somehow passing your time. For Franco, though, there is no down-time. Instead of enjoying a break, he pushed himself to make a whole different film even as he was hard at work on the other.

Enjoy this exclusive clip, and then take a chance and try the film. Support this kind of experiment enough and we may see more people try something l like this. I'm going to check the film out myself because I'm very curious about it.

And in the meantime, I'll have my review of “The Interview,” Franco's new comedy, on Friday morning, so check back here for that.

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