MARC MARON & LYNN SHELTON IMPROVISE
Lynn Shelton's latest film, "Sword of Trust," deals with addiction, racism and conspiracy theorists — and it's a comedy. Marc Maron plays a pawn shop owner trying to sell a Civil War sword to some truthers who believe it will prove that the South actually won the war. John Horn spoke with Maron and Shelton about their creative partnership and using improv as a basis for the film.
AND THE EMMY NOMINEES ARE ...
The 2019 Emmy Award nominations and while HBO and Netflix came out with the most nominations there's a whole lot more to discuss. John Horn does just that with L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali.
DÉJÀ VU, ALL OVER AGAIN
The documentary, "David Crosby: Remember My Name," recounts the life and career of the rock/folk music veteran, including his rocky relationships with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. Crosby and the film's director, A.J. Eaton, and producer, Cameron Crowe, spoke with John Horn at the Sundance Film Festival where the movie premiered. It arrives in theaters on July 19.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE FOR LINDA RONSTADT
The popular singer turns 73 today, but the celebration started a couple weeks ago when she was honored by a cultural center in Los Angeles. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos was there and he later spoke with Ronstadt about the album, “Live in Hollywood,” a concert recording of hers from the early '80s that was recently released. She's also the subject of a new documentary coming out in September.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY PUT A MAN ON THE MOON
The documentary “Apollo 11” is largely assembled from previously unseen footage and unheard audio, culled from thousands of hours of film reels and sound recordings. Director Todd Douglas Miller described how he and his team worked with NASA and the National Archives, which led them to a big discovery. The film can be seen at the California Science Center in L.A.'s Exposition Park.
THE SEXIST SIDE OF KARATE
“The Art of Self Defense” stars Jesse Eisenberg as a man who decides to join a dojo after being brutally beaten. It’s run by a murderous sensei who believes “real men” only listen to metal music and that women will never be as good as men. On set, writer/director Riley Stearns took a decidedly opposite view. He hired mostly women to lead the production. That includes the film’s stunt coordinator and fight choreographer, Mindy Kelly. John Horn recently sat down with Stearns and Kelly.
J.S. ONDARA COMES TO AMERICA
The Current is an all-music public radio station in St. Paul, Minnesota — part of American Public Media, which also operates KPCC. The Current regularly presents in-studio interviews and performances with up-and-coming musicians and is sharing those sessions with The Frame. We launch our collaboration with J.S. Ondara, a singer-songwriter from Kenya who became so taken with the music of Bob Dylan that he moved to Minnesota, where Dylan was born. Ondara's debut album, "Tales of America," was released earlier this year to wide acclaim.