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The Frame Weekend: 'Midsommar' Filmmaker; 'Mixed-ish' Showrunner; Why No Good Soccer Movies?




"Midsommar" is a new horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. Released by A24.
Photo by Csaba Aknay - © A24

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FROM "RIVERDALE" TO THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has made his mark reinventing classic characters both as Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics and as showrunner of CW's "Riverdale" and Netflix's "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." Now, Aguirre-Sacasa has reinvented his own play “Good Boys." In light of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Aguirre-Sacasa reworked the play —already set in an analogous campus and community— and dove further into themes of class, privilege, consent and assault. He spoke with John Horn about rewriting “Good Boys” and bringing it to the Pasadena Playhouse.

SOCCER: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR HOLLYWOOD?

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup tournament has been a ratings blockbuster. But as popular as soccer is as a televised sport, it’s hard to think of a great soccer movie. Almost every other sport has at least one movie (if not several) that have been critical and commercial hits... why not soccer?

"MIDSOMMAR" IS NOT A DATE MOVIE

Writer/director Ari Aster's feature film debut, "Hereditary," was an indie horror hit in 2018. Before that first film was released, Aster had already begun production on his next film, "Midsommar." It's a story about a young couple — Dani and Christian — whose relationship is on shaky ground. After a family tragedy keeps them together, Dani (Florence Pugh) tags along with Christian (Jack Reynor) on a trip to a remote Swedish village to attend a midsummer festival that only happens every 90 years. Inspired by a breakup he was going through, Aster set out to make a movie about a breakup that also fit squarely within the folk horror genre. Aster spoke with The Frame about "Midsommar," the extensive research that went into it, and why he says he may be the least qualified person to talk about what the film means.

INDIE GAME DEVELOPERS, UNITE!

Videogames are a multi-billion-dollar industry. The game market today rakes in more than Hollywood, the music industry, and streaming services. But it’s not all blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty. Indie developers are quietly making quirky, DIY games in the shadow of the major studios — and The Frame contributor Tim Greiving visited a collective in Culver City called Glitch City.

MEET THE "MIXED-ISH" SHOWRUNNER

Karin Gist attended law school and practiced for three years, but she really wanted to work in television. She’s now one of Hollywood's top writer-producers, having worked on "Girlfriends," "Grey’s Anatomy," and "Star." She is the showrunner of the upcoming ABC comedy "Mixed-ish." It’s a spin-off of “Black-ish” which tells the story of a 12-year-old mixed race girl growing up in the 1980’s. She recently spoke with John Horn as part of our series of conversations with prominent TV producers.

A FORMER ATHLETE CHANGES COURSE

It’s not often that filmmakers get their start in the entertainment business after retiring at age 25 from their first career as an athlete, but that’s exactly what Matthew Cherry did. He talks with John Horn about reinventing himself in Hollywood after leaving the NFL, how he got into directing music videos and television, and what he hopes his upcoming short film, “Hair Love,” and its companion children’s book say about black dads.

A RARE VOICE IN THE OPERA WORLD

John Holiday is an up-and-coming counter-tenor in the opera world. Most of the repertoire for his vocal range was written in the early 1700’s for singers who were known as Castrati — men deprived of their manhood so they could retain their boyish voices. While Holiday pays tribute to this older repertoire, he’s also pioneering radical new works for the operatic stage. He spoke with our producer Jonathan Shifflett about his one-man show, "The John Holiday Experience," and how he first became interested in opera.