Between Interior. Leather Bar., The Broken Tower and Howl, James Franco is really enjoying his run as the early 2010s' preeminent gay filmmaker -- and by that, we mean maker of films about gays. His latest effort -- which was actually filmed in 2011 but is only now getting a U.S. premiere -- is Sal, a biopic about the life of Sal Mineo, an actor who, after rising to fame with a role alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, became one of the first Hollywood stars to come out of the closet in the late '60s. As you can probably tell from the homoerotic undercurrent and suspenseful mood (and also from the title card that reads "He Died in the Headlines"), Mineo led a dramatic life -- and in 1976 he was tragically murdered in West Hollywood. Since Mineo's story is very much worthy of a Lifetime Original Movie and Franco is deft at straddling high-valutin' artistic ambitions with trashy realness, we can't wait to see where Sal falls on the spectrum.
Sal is available On Demand and on iTunes October 22nd and will have a limited run in select theaters starting in November.