Palo Alto | An Audio Visual Book Series

Palo Alto | An Audio Visual Book Series

15 Episodes

James Franco and Stacey Miller read stories from his novel Palo Alto, a collection of short stories set in the Northern Californian suburbs in the early 1990s. Each story is paired with a video collage illustrating the story, drawn from many sources.

Films created by James Franco.
Stories read by James Franco and Stacey Miller.

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Palo Alto | An Audio Visual Book Series
  • Palo Alto | Episode 1: Halloween

    Episode 1

    Ryan, a 16 year old on probation for underage drinking, lets his anger and jealousy about his girlfriend get the best of him and commits a heinous crime on Halloween night.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.

  • Palo Alto | Episode 2: Lockheed

    Episode 2

    Quiet and bookish Marissa feels trapped in the nerdy world her father has forced upon her, but her life changes at a 4th of July party after she makes an unexpected connection with a troubled drop out.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James F...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 3: American History

    Episode 3

    Trying to impress the prettiest girl in school, shy Jeremy gets carried away in a History class debate about slavery in which he has to represent the old south, with disasterous results.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Rea...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 4: Killing Animals

    Episode 4

    A group of reckless, young teen friends get into all kinds of suburban michief and casual violence over the course of a few years of Junior High.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.

  • Palo Alto | Episode 5: Emily

    Episode 5

    Emily falls for a younger boy at school, but after they hook up and he tells his friends, Emily bears the brunt of adolescent male immaturity and must stand up for herself.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Fra...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 6: Camp

    Episode 6

    A young teen goes to water-skiing summer camp with his best friends, and over the course of the summer, they play pranks, gain different experiences with girls and freak out about an old camp urban legend.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by J...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 7: Chinatown Part 1

    Episode 7

    Roberto, a football player, callously seduces and takes the virginity of a half-Vietnamese new girl at school named Pam.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.

  • Palo Alto | Episode 8: Chinatown Part 2

    Episode 8

    Under the guise of romantic interest in Pam and her isolation from anyone else at school, Roberto convinces Pam to perform sexual favors for his friends, and later cruelly violates her.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read ...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 9: Chinatown Part 3

    Episode 9

    Roberto continues to use Pam's willingness to do anything for him opportunistically, arranging to have her perform sexual acts for his benefit, until he is sent to private school and must face consequences from his actions.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 10: The Rainbow Goblins (April Part 1)

    Episode 10

    After partying with his friend Fred and his crush April, Teddy drives drunk and causes a head on collision. Teddy is forced to perform community service at a local library, which he is surprised he enjoys.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by Ja...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 11: Wasting (April Part 2)

    Episode 11

    Teddy is kicked out of the library service for damaging books and is moved to work at a nursing home, where he draws the patients. Teddy becomes jealous when another guy talks about sleeping with April.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 12: April (April Part 3)

    Episode 12

    April's story: after becoming a babysitter for the school's football coach, April begins a tumultuous secret affair with the older man that lasts two years without any of her friends and classmates knowing.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by Ja...

  • Palo Alto | Episode 13: Tarbaby

    Episode 13

    Hoping, but failing, to meet up with April, Teddy's night gets worse and worse until his belligerence forces him to be taken away from a party by cops.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.

  • Palo Alto | Episode 14: I Could Kill Someone

    Episode 14

    Teddy, depressed and sick of the violent bullying he recieves from his classmate Brent, decides he will take brutal revenge on Brent and buys a gun.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.

  • Palo Alto | Episode 15: Jack O

    Episode 15

    Michael and his friend Joe have philosophical, hypothetical conversations while Michael acts increasingly reckless in a series of hang out sessions.

    An audio book series with visuals, based on the short story collection Palo Alto, by James Franco.

    Read by James Franco.