James Franco, he of the forever-scroll LinkedIn page, has just produced a short film called "Guests," starring Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez.

"Guests" is a nostalgia-laden, 1970s New Mexico-set story about a boy (played by the astoundingly sober Rodriguez) based off of a series of vignettes by Robert Boswell. Directed by rising talent Mark Columbus, it's a faded, sierra-tinged, strangely-touching chronicle of a young boy simultaneously fighting against two unstoppable, external forces -- namely a brutal school bully and his father's cancer. 

Watch the film below.

[h/t Dazed

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