Clocktower Video Series

Clocktower Video Series

15 Episodes

a series of art films created by James Franco c. 2010 for the first ever solo exhibition at nonprofit art institution Clocktower Gallery in New York City, curated by founding director of MoMA PS 1, Alanna Heiss. The videos explore themes of narrative, domesticity, violence and sexuality, as well as Franco's interests in experimenting with the pliability of archetypes and tradition.

Videos directed by James Franco.

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Clocktower Video Series
  • Clocktower Videos | 3 Million Dollar House

    Episode 1

    A mysterious walkthrough of James Franco's former home in the Hollywood Hills after a disasterous occurance.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Bill and Tenn's Excellent Adventure

    Episode 2

    James Franco is William Faulkner as he poetically speaks to fellow great American writer Tennesee Williams about melancholy and wandering the world.

    Features James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Billy's Audition

    Episode 3

    Just off camera, James Franco directs a bizarre audition for the role of "Billy."

    Features James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Double Third

    Episode 4

    A poetic and experimental combination of spoken word, sound from old films, and music with visuals of James Franco playing with and burning down installations of ghosts, mannequins, and motorcycles in an exploration of self-representation and memory. Collaboration with artist/director Carter for ...

  • Clocktower Videos | Masculinity & Me

    Episode 5

    A graphic and poetic study of gender idenity through interviews, monologues, masks and visceral imagery. Created for Clocktower Gallery in collaboration with Russell Sheaffer.

    Features James Franco and Russell Sheaffer.

  • Clocktower Videos | Saturn Sequence

    Episode 6

    A brief animation of a still image of Saturn, Part 1.

  • Clocktower Videos | Star Trek Spoof

    Episode 7

    A spoof of Star Trek in which James Franco and a collaborator read "slash" Star Strek erotic fan fiction about Captain Kirk and Spock, visualized through an art installation.

    Features James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Collage

    Episode 8

    A multimedia art performance reminiscent of the early rock'n'roll era, featuring live music, dance and multiple projections.

    Directed by James Franco.
    Stars Nina Ljeti.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: House Destruction

    Episode 9

    A study of a small-scale house as it is completely destructed with a sledgehammer.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: House Burning

    Episode 10

    A study of a burning a small scale house, shot from four angles.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: Drew G I Joe Van Sant

    Episode 11

    A study of a small-scale house as it is completely destructed with a sledgehammer, followed by a scene in which an action figure is burned while a group recites a pledge.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: Log Cabin

    Episode 12

    A study of a small log cabin playhouse as it is shot with a rifle to a soundtrack collage of old Western films.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: House Destruction

    Episode 13

    A study of a small scale house as it is completely destructed with a sledgehammer.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Destroy: House Burning

    Episode 14

    A study of a burning a small scale house, shot from four angles.

    Directed by James Franco.

  • Clocktower Videos | Dick Nose In Paris

    Episode 15

    Dicknose (James Franco with a penis on his face) travels around Paris with Bill Faulkner and Billy, a strange masked man who only makes screeching noises. Features "Bill Faulkner" from "Bill and Tenn's Excellent Adventure" and "Billy" from "Billy Audition."

    Directed by James Franco.