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Sundance 2013: James Franco movies added to slate

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James Franco, as we all know, wears many hats: actor, writer, filmmaker, professor, artist, graduate of multiple universities. The word “Renaissance man” almost seems too casual.

Franco now has another feather in his multi-layered cap: multiple films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The gay S&M feature film Interior. Leather Bar he directed with Travis Mathews will premiere at Sundance, which runs from Jan. 17-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The movie reimagines the 40 minutes of steamy footage that was cut from the 1980 film Cruising, starring Al Pacino, in order for the controversial movie to avoid an X rating.

Interior. Leather Bar will be a part of the fest’s edgy New Frontier section, and kink, a documentary produced by Franco, and directed by Christina Voros, about the San Francisco-based porn site Kink.com, will also show at the festival as part of the Midnight movies program.

Sundance revealed films included in the New Frontier, Spotlight, and Midnight sections on Thursday, with more films at the fest to be announced in the days ahead.

Franco plays a loud, naughty, sex, money and rap loving gangster in Harmony Korine’s upcoming Spring Breakers, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, so the man’s surely comfortable working around kink.

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