How Counterculture & Grateful Dead Influenced My Movie YOSEMITE by Gabrielle Demeestere of James Franco’s PALO ALTO Stories


Director Gabrielle Demeestere

Based on the stories: “Yosemite,” “Peter Parker” and “Grand Illusion.”

It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 4th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Shrimp, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a killer mountain lion looms over the community.  CHRIS encounters a dead body up close on a trip to Yosemite with his Dad. His classmate JOE, left alone at home, befriends a lonely drifter who introduces him to the world of comic books. Meanwhile, SHRIMP discovers his cat mauled by a mountain lion…and convinces the trio to seek revenge and hunt down the beast. “Yosemite” hopes to create a powerful and nostalgic experience of childhood, while sharing insight into Palo Alto at a time of crucial technological and social change.



 “As some of you may already know, acting, creating art, writing, reading, and directing films are all vital components in my life.   In June 2011, I had the opportunity to publish my first book, Palo Alto. The book is a compilation of short fictional stories inspired by high school experiences and growing up in Palo Alto, California.  For this project, I have invited the talented up and coming filmmakers Nina Ljeti, Vladimir Bourdeau, Bruce Thierry Cheung, and Gabrielle Demeestere to adapt and direct some of my short stories into three different feature films: Memoria, Killing Animals, and Yosemite.

We are pledging to donate the profits made from the sale of these films to “The Art of Elysium.”  
(Read more here from James Franco’s PALO ALTO STORIES Indiegogo campaign page.)

James Franco’s PALO ALTO: Stories –  here!

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