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James Franco And Mr. Brainwash Both Bring Art To Toronto Film Festival

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The LA Times reports that cultural omnipresence James Franco is bringing his artwork northward for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, as is Bansky "nemesis" Mr. Brainwash.

Franco will be showing his lastest work of performance art, a collaborative installation piece with director Gus Van Sant called "Memories of Idaho."

The work features two new films both centering on Van Sant's acclaimed My Own Private Idaho, which starred River Phoenix: "My Own Private River," is a feature-length work that follows the chronology of the original film and recasts Phoenix's character in the original film as the star, using alternate takes and footage that never made it into the film. The second film "Idaho," was shot from one of the three original scripts Van Sant used in 1991. Some of Van Sant's photographs of real street hustlers will also be featured in the show.

Franco's recent art show "HIgh/Low, Rob Low," which opened at Terence Koh's ASS gallery and was quickly shuttered, has not seemed to have deterred the aspiring renaissance man.

Mr. Brainwash, the street artist whose celebrity status was established with his appearance in Banksy's "Exit Through The Gift Shop," will be participating in multiple events at the festival, including a show at Gallery One, and a collaboration with the festival's fall exhibit about Grace Kelly. Mr. Brainwash, aka Theirry Guetta, will also be "towering over the red carpet" in order to provide "additional glamour and pomp."

Below, watch the trailer for My Own Private Idaho.