A well-known actor who broke out on a cult TV show took the wraps off plans for a new nonprofit film studio. Variety reports that James Franco has launched Elysium Bandini Studios.
Franco, whose breakout role was in the 1999 NBC series “Freaks and Geeks,” directs, writes and teaches, in addition to his acting career.
The new studio “brings together the Art of Elysium charity with Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production banner to support the film projects of students and professionals, with any proceeds going entirely to Art of Elysium, Variety reports. “The 19-year-old charity brings actors and other artists into contact with people in need — from hospitalized children, to the elderly and homeless to, soon, veterans and prisoners. As many as 4,000 artists work with needy clients on projects ranging from essays to poetry to plays, films and art installations.”