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James Franco wrote and directed this short drama, based on the narrative poem by Frank Bidart. Herbert White (Michael Shannon) is a man with a secret; while he passes himself off to his friends and family as an ordinary fellow, he succumbs to ugly impulses to kill women and defile their lifeless bodies. Herbert's necrophile desires are tied in to his troubled relationship with his father and his strange upbringing, and while Herbert knows that his compulsions are wrong, he doesn't know how to stop them. Herbert White received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi