Michelle Lanz

Associate Producer, The Frame

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Michelle Lanz is the Associate Producer for The Frame, KPCC's arts, entertainment and culture show. Prior to joining The Frame she worked as the digital producer for KPCC's Take Two and AirTalk shows.

Before coming to KPCC, Michelle worked at KCET as the Associate Producer for New Media, where she developed web content for KCET's programming and steered social media efforts for the station. She was first bitten by the public radio bug as an intern for NPR's Day to Day program in 2008.

She has also worked as an editor for MSN's Wonderwall entertainment site, as a web producer for Marketplace and as a contributing editor to the L.A. Times’ Metromix publication.

Lanz earned her master's degree in journalism in 2009 from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.

Stories by Michelle Lanz

'Corporate' creators mine workplace misery for laughs

The new Comedy Central show is a comedy by Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman that’s not afraid to explore some very bleak territory.

Creating the sound of the post-apocalyptic future in 'Blade Runner 2049'

What does a fictional, post-apocalyptic future sound like? That was the challenge for Mark Mangini and Theo Green for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic.

How costumes steal the show in 'Phantom Thread'

In a period drama set in a couture fashion house during the 1950s, clothes can make the movie. And the man who made many of those clothes is Mark Bridges.

Italian filmmaker finds modern relevance in Franca Viola's 1965 rape case

Italian filmmaker Marta Savina made a short film about the story called “Viola, Franca,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Fest this year. Now she’s turning it into a feature.

'Downsizing' star Hong Chau: 'This character is not 2D. She was a dream'

Chau plays a Vietnamese activist who is “downsized” against her will by the Vietnamese government, and who later befriends Matt Damon’s character.

'A Fantastic Woman' star hopes it generates empathy toward trans people

Directed and co-written by filmmaker Sebastián Lelio, the story follows Vega as Marina, a trans singer who is in a loving relationship with an older man named Orlando.

Getting on The Black List won't guarantee your script's success — but it can't hurt

The annual compilation, which was founded by Franklin Leonard, has been a springboard for up-and-coming writers to get their work read by industry big-wigs.

Meet Doug Jones, Guillermo del Toro's go-to monster man and star of 'The Shape of Water'

Jones has carved out a niche for himself in Hollywood playing creatures, most famously in Del Toro films including "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth."

This new documentary shows how 50 women filmmakers broke into Hollywood

Amy Adrion's "Half the Picture," which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the history of systemic discrimination against women filmmakers.

Christopher Nolan didn't want 'Dunkirk' to compete with 'Saving Private Ryan'

The WWII movie is based on the true story of the Battle of Dunkirk, when British, Belgian and French forces were surrounded on an open beach by the German Army in 1940.

How 'Coco' writers/directors did justice to the tradition of Día de los Muertos

The story by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina delves into themes of family, tradition, remembering the deceased, and the importance of following your dreams.

'Darkest Hour' paints a nuanced picture of Winston Churchill

Screenwriter Anthony McCarten says the film was inspired by Churchill's writing and oratorical gifts, which inspired a nation to persevere through WWII.

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney embark on second season of 'Ozark'

John Horn catches up with the stars of the Netflix series just before starting production on season 2.

Claes Bang: Working with Ruben Östlund on 'The Square' was like 'the Rolls Royce of acting'

The actor says performing dozens of takes on every scene was exhausting, but ultimately fulfilling.

Hollywood studios are trying hard to woo Quentin Tarantino for his next movie

Harvey Weinstein was known to call his studio, “The House That Quentin Built.” Now that the producer is out of business, Tarantino and his next film look for a new home.