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A Sundance 'Work in Progress' that's ready for prime time




Abby McEnany appears in
Abby McEnany appears in "Work in Progress," an official selection of the Indie Episodic program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
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On today's show:

Sundance isn't just for film projects

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There are lots of independent films that head to Sundance looking to get bought by distributors, but it's also a place for indie TV series looking to get picked up too. Take "Work in Progress," a pilot co-written, co-created and starring Chicago improv comedian Abby McEnany. Loosely based on McEnany's own life, in the series Abby is struggling with her depression, her weight, failed relationships, and a sense that her life is going nowhere. In the pilot episode, Abby's therapist dies mid-session, she begins dating a trans man, and she has to decide whether to confront the woman she says ruined her life: former SNL performer Julia Sweeney. Sweeney, who plays herself in the series, and McEnany spoke with The Frame about "Work in Progress" ahead of the pilot's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Speaking of Sundance ... 

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John Horn is back in Park City for the festival's final weekend. He checks in with guest host Steven Cuevas about what's happening over the final weekend of the most important showcase for independent film. 

Music and photos by Anthony Wilson

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Guitarist, arranger and composer Anthony Wilson is the son of the late, great jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader Gerald Wilson. While jazz is a foundation of sorts, Wilson often deftly finds his way into many settings, sitting in with a mix of artists — among them Paul McCartney, Aaron Neville, Kenny Burrell and Willie Nelson. And he’s been a member of  Diana Krall’s ensemble since 2001. Wilson's latest release — "Songs and Photographs" — combines his own music and photography. The Frame contributor Lynell George has a review.

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