James Franco's 'The Institute' Gets First Poster, Release Date

Courtesy of Momentum Pictures

Josh Duhamel also stars in the psychological thriller.

James Franco's The Institute has gotten a release date via Momentum. The period psychological thriller will hit theaters and on VOD on March 3.

Set in 19th century Baltimore, the feature is based on true events and centers on a young woman (Allie Gallerani) who, due to grief following the untimely death of her parents, voluntarily checks herself into a mental institute. While there she is subjected to bizarre, pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control.

Josh Duhamel also stars, along with Joe Pease, Scott Haze, Lori Singer and Tim Blake Nelson.

The ever-busy Franco produced the project through his RabbitBandini Productions, and co-directed with Pamela Romanowsky, whom he met while they were classmates at NYU. They previously worked together on 2015's The Adderall Diaries.

“I like to find people who I can collaborate with where we can balance out our own experiences, be it behind the camera, in front or in a world outside of filmmaking where we can bring academia and real events into frame.” says Franco. “I’ve been fortunate to work with Pamela on various projects over the years and felt a great relief leaving this story in her hands.”

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