NYU Graduate James Franco Set to Teach Film School Class
By Kiratiana Freelon on March 29, 2011 8:28am
By Gabriela Resto-Montero
MANHATTAN — Actor James Franco has lined up a new gig as a New York University film school professor, the New York Post reported.
Franco, who graduated from NYU last May, will reportedly teach a third-year class about turning poetry into short films.
The 32-year-old Franco, who's starred in three "Spider-Man" movies and "Pineapple Express," has directed several short films already. He took a turn behind the camera for "The Ape," a short film about a writer whose roommate is a giant ape, and "Saturday Night," a behind-the-scenes documentary about "Saturday Night Live" which debuted at the TriBeCa Film Festival last year.
Franco co-hosted the Academy Awards last month with Anne Hathawa and gave a shout out to NYU after a fellow alum won an Oscar for his short film. He was also nominated for an Oscar this year for his portrayal of a trapped hiker in the movie "127 Hours."
Franco's latest career turn as a professor is not surprising considering his penchant for tackling multiple projects at the same time. In the last year alone, the NYU graduate has acted in the soap opera "General Hospital," written a collection of short stories called "Palo Alto," displayed his artwork at a TriBeCa gallery and attended doctoral classes at Yale University.