Palo Alto

How James Franco and 'Palo Alto' Director Gia Coppola Brought Teen Angst to the Screen

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by Nick Romano May 06, 2014 03:30 PM
Tribeca Film
http://youtu.be/tpDdvlDthkM
While the films of Sofia Coppola often examine the world of young wealth -- see 'The Bling Ring' and 'Marie Antoinette' -- her niece, Gia, approaches coming of age from a different angle: the grittier, if you will, emotional lives teens lead while growing up in rural Palo Alto.
"I had just finished college and was kind of reminiscing on those years of high school," she told ScreenCrush in an interview. "I had enough distance where I could kind of look at it nostalgically," and it was the realistic experiences in James Franco's collection of short stories, titled 'Palo Alto,' she wanted to bring to the screen for her first directorial effort.