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Filmmaker Jennifer Fox explores the sexual abuse she endured as a teen




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Laura Dern in "The Tale."
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Filmmaker Jennifer Fox explores the sexual abuse she endured as a teen in "The Tale"

When she was a young teen, filmmaker Jennifer Fox was sexually assaulted. Now, she’s turned her story of survival into HBO film, "The Tale." Fox's abuse came at the hands of a coach at a rural horse-riding camp. One of the owners of the camp, a woman, was complicit in the abuse.

When “The Tale” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the timing was eerie, as gymnasts were testifying at the time in the sentencing phase of pedophile doctor Larry Nassar. Laura Dern plays Fox as an adult, as she investigates what happened to her as a young teen. Fox spoke with The Frame's John Horn at Sundance.

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Glamor and activism at the Cannes Film Festival

This year's event in the South of France had the usual glitz, but there was also an organized campaign to have festival organizers pledge to improve the representation of female filmmakers.

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Robert Gordon uncovers the raw blues behind Memphis's musical legacy

In the 1950s and '60s, Memphis was home to Sun Records, Sam Phillips’ label that introduced Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and Stax Records, with its many soul influencers like Isaac Hayes and Rufus Thomas. Author and filmmaker Robert Gordon captures the grit of his hometown in his new book, “Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown" — from Phillips’ crazed appearance on David Letterman’s show to encounters with impoverished bluesmen in rural juke-joints.

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