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james franco is ruling sundance even though he’s not here

His band Daddy debuts new material and accompanying film tonight at the festival.

by Colin Crummy
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25 January 2016, 4:50pm

James Franco's band Daddy will showcase material from their debut album and unveil an accompanying album length film tonight at Sundance. Daddy's other member Tim O'Keefe with perform a live PA and DJ set showcasing new songs from the duo's debut album. Let Me Get What I Want is a The Smiths inspired album, which will include the iconic 80s band's member Andy Rourke on bass, who will also join in the Sundance performance. On top of it - because clearly James Franco needs more to stick on the 'To Do' list - the band will unveil a film which accompanies the entire album.

A Sundance veteran - he premiered his film I Am Michael here last year - James made a splash this week with a hilarious cameo in Goat, an otherwise serious minded drama about fraternity hazing. The film, which stars Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer as brothers who get in the deep end of a U.S. college hazing week, sees James play Mitch the legendary fraternity brother from 2000 who comes back to Phi Sigma Mu for one last session. He gets drunk, shirtless and passes out in his own sick.

Aside from that extended moment, Goat is an intense watch from the off, where Brad (Schnetzer) auditions for his brother's fraternity after an assault leaves him questioning his masculinity. To get in, he must endure Hell Week, a lengthy exposition of the outrageous and sometimes dangerous rites of passage college freshmen undergo in a bid to get with the brotherhood.