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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Coppola Family Legacy Continues With 'Palo Alto'

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The Coppola Family legacy continues in "Palo Alto," a brand new film that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

The new indie drama "Palo Alto" brings together two famous Hollywood families and a Hollywood star who seems to be everywhere these days.

The film is the feature directorial debut of Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, niece of Sofia Coppola and cousin of Nicholas Cage.

Coppola adapted the movie from a short-story collection written by none other than James Franco.

"Palo Alto" is a gritty, realistic and dark portrayal of the lives of teenagers.

"When I met James, he kind of really wanted to make 'Palo Alto' into a movie, and I had showed him some of my photographs, and we wanted to collaborate in some form or another," Coppola said. "But when I read his book, I fell in love with it. It just really depicted teenagers in a realistic way that I hadn't seen in a long time, and so I was really excited to have that opportunity. And I was sort of reflecting back on my youth, and I had enough separation to look at it nostalgically."

"I just kind of gave her as much space and freedom as possible to make the kind of movie she wanted to make," Franco said. "I hired her because I really liked her artistic taste, and so I just wanted her to have the space to really bring that to the project."

The film stars Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts. Emma was drawn to the project because her character in the film was so out of character.

"My role is April, and she's very much the more reserved one in the movie," Roberts said. "I mean, there's a lot of craziness going on, and she's kind of the more introverted of everybody, which, for me, was fun to play because I'm very talkative and outgoing and I'm so not like that, so it was fun to get to do something completely different."

"Palo Alto" opens in theaters on May 9.

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