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The Frame and Telluride: Oscar indicators?



John Horn, host of The Frame, takes time for an oxygen boost (part of the gift bag for Telluride Film Festival ticket-buyers)
John Horn, host of The Frame, takes time for an oxygen boost (part of the gift bag for Telluride Film Festival ticket-buyers)

Most of us couldn’t get to the Telluride Film Festival — a long journey and expensive ticket — but gee, wouldn’t it have been great to visit the scenic mountain town in Colorado and gab with the people whose movies might end up being  Oscar winners?

Fear not, KPCC listeners, host John Horn of The Frame spent his Labor Day taking us all to Telluride (elevation 8,750) — taping 16 interviews in four days, seeing a bunch of movies and collecting sound for a feature on Quentin Tarantino’s "The Hateful Eight" which was shot in the area. Darby Maloney, the Frame’s editor, and assistant producer James Kim hit the ground running (get them some oxygen!) to help John capture as much of Telluride as they could on the whirlwind trip.

Telluride is a small festival with a big reputation — six of the past seven Academy Award winners for best picture had their debuts there. John has been attending for years, and the festival calls on him to moderate public discussions with filmmakers and actors. This year those sessions included director Scott Cooper and cast member Joel Edgerton from the Whitey Bulger biopic, “Black Mass,” and Michael Keaton, director Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer from the journalism-themed film, “Spotlight.”

In addition to those interviews, John also spoke with Meryl Streep (“Suffragette”); Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”); and Rooney Mara (“Carol”). Those sessions yielded material for The Frame’s podcast, which was promoted on iTunes and Stitcher. You’ve been hearing some of these interviews on The Frame daily show, too, and will hear more. Click here for The Frame’s show page.

The Frame, by the way, might be an Oscar indicator of its own. Last season, 27 nominees and 7 of the 24 winners appeared on the program, which airs at 3:30 pm daily on KPCC and is also available as a podcast. You heard it here.