Briefly turning his gaze outward onto the unwashed, un-Franco masses, James Franco is looking to the internet to support his next film venture and help him not have to dip too far into the Oz "fun money."
Our modern-day Renaissance man is looking for half-a-million dollars to support film adaptations of Palo Alto, a book by author James Franco. As expository James Franco explains in the video below, the book is a collection of fictional short stories about going to high school in Palo Alto, California. Unsurprisingly, high schooler James Franco also lived in Palo Alto, California, so yeah, it's not entirely that fictional.
The plan is to take three of the stories and expand them into feature films that, more surprisingly, will not be directed by director James Franco. Instead, he's handing those duties on to some young filmmakers he's worked with or admired at NYU. Admirably, should these films turn a profit, the proceeds will be passed on to The Art of Elysium Industry Program, "a non-profit organization that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions." So it is a good cause. Plus, if you give enough, James Franco will record any "appropriate" voicemail you want. You're only $450 away from, "Hi, this is James Franco, please leave a message, and buy Tristan and Isolde on DVD."