James Franco seems to be as busy as ever. The tireless actor, filmmaker, poet, samurai, infantryman, Blue Angels pilot, second string football kicker (OK, only a couple of those) is being honored by the Venice Film Festival this week, where he has a new film, "The Sound and the Fury," screening out of competition. It's the 36-year-old's second William Faulkner adaptation after 2013 Cannes premiere "As I Lay Dying," and it's just one of a slew of features and documentaries Franco has on the horizon.

In addition to being prolific behind the camera, Franco also has collaborations with Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders on the way, as well as new projects with his "This is the End" cohorts Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg — just to scratch the surface. I can't imagine when the guy sleeps.

Ahead of the Venice honor and the premiere of "The Sound and the Fury," a clip from the film has been released. It features stars Scott Haze and Joey King. Give it a look at the top of this post and stay tuned for further Venice coverage here at In Contention as the fest begins to wind itself down.

"The Sound and the Fury" is currently seeking domestic distribution.

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.