Mongrel picks up Canuck rights to 'Howl'

Sundance opener stars James Franco as Allen Ginsberg

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Mongrel Media has picked up the Canadian rights to the Sundance opener "Howl," which has James Franco portraying U.S. beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

A planned fall release by Toronto-based Mongrel is to follow the first docudrama from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("The Celluloid Closet," "The Times of Harvey Milk") opening Toronto's Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival on May 20, with the filmmakers in attendance.

The Ginsberg biopic focuses on the obscenity trial the American poet faced after his poem "Howl" was published.

Oscilloscope Laboratories plans a September 24 release stateside for "Howl" in theatres and on VOD.