RICHARD LINKLATER ON MOVIES, TEXAS PRIDE & GETTING POLITICAL
Director and screenwriter Richard Linklater's latest movie, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (adapted from Maria Semple’s bestselling 2012 novel of the same name) hits theaters this weekend. But the last work on screen he did that got lots of attention were his anti-Ted Cruz political ads from 2018. The Texas native tells John Horn that, with the 2020 election looming large, he's full of ideas and may very well put his filmmaking skills to work again.
CANCEL CULTURE AT THE MULTIPLEX
Following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton the trailers for the violent political satire, "The Hunt," were pulled from TV and marketing was put on hold. Public outcry followed and this week Universal canceled “The Hunt’s” release. Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and author of the book, “Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies" joins guest host Chloe Veltman to discuss her article, "Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem."
INSPIRED BY THE BOSS
The film “Blinded by the Light” is set in the U.K. of the late 1980's. It's based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s biography, “Greetings from Bury Park.” As a teenager, he found listening to Bruce Springsteen helped him deal with his experiences as a child of immigrants from Pakistan. Manzoor tells the story of his love for The Boss to The Frame.
THE STORY OF "LUCE"
Filmmaker Julius Onah challenges assumptions around race and privilege in his new movie "Luce." It tells the story of a teenage boy named Luce adopted from Eritrea where he'd been a child soldier. His adoptive parents are white liberals in Maryland. By the time he's in high school, Luce is considered a model student but one teacher questions that narrative. Onah is a Nigerian-American who talks with John Horn about not wanting to give easy answers to the audience and after the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
CONTROVERSIAL SF MURALS IGNITE DEBATE
Guest host Chloe Veltman talks with arts journalist Lee Rosenbaum about the San Francisco School District's decision to cover up a mural painted in the 1930s at the city's George Washington High School by Russian emigré artist Victor Arnautoff. Part of the mural depicts the brutal treatment of slaves, which some African-American students and their parents recently objected to having to see. Rosenbaum argues that the school district's decision is "likely to satisfy no one."
TAYLOR McFERRIN: STEPPIN' UP TO THE MIC
Taylor McFerrin's father is Bobby McFerrin, and he has a brother and sister who also are singers. Taylor has been making music for some time now, but he's never sung on an album — until now. He joins John Horn to talk about his new album, "Love's Last Chance."
GETTING THEIR KICKS WITH THE STONES
The little-known L.A.-based band Vista Kicks got their music on the radar of The Rolling Stones and now the group will open for the Stones at their Aug. 18 tour stop at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. KPCC's Marley Feuerwerker-Otto spoke with the band about their good fortune.
RIP PETER FONDA
News broke late Friday that the 79-year-old actor and filmmaker had died of lung cancer. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his legendary film "Easy Rider." A statement from his family today read in part: "...while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom."