'TRANSPARENT' TAKES A BOW
When “Transparent” premiered on Amazon in the Fall of 2014 it was before “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Fleabag.” Back then Amazon was still mostly known for selling socks, not winning Emmys. Created by Jill Soloway, “Transparent” was lauded for telling a story of a trans person and their family but it was also criticized for casting Jeffrey Tambor-- a cis-gendered man to play the parent who transitions, instead of a trans actor. In 2017 when the fourth season dropped, Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by two trans women on set. The show went on hiatus. An investigation ensured. And, he was fired. Now Soloway wraps the show with a feature length musical finale with music by Faith Soloway. It’s a celebration-- complete with a funeral and a whole lot of song and dance. Jill Soloway joined us in studio the day before the finale dropped.
"RHYTHM NATION" TURNS 30
Three decades ago, Janet Jackson released “Rhythm Nation 1814,” a reflection on the mood of the country. Lindsay Zoladz is a staff writer at The Ringer. She wrote about “Rhythm Nation” and how it laid the groundwork for the socially conscious pop music of today.
HAVE GUITAR, WILL TRAVEL
Robbie Robertson is best known as the guitarist of The Band and composer of their hit, “The Weight.” He’s also a prolific film composer, having written for many of Martin Scorsese’s films, including his upcoming Netflix film, “The Irishman.” Robertson met with John Horn at his recording studio to discuss his latest album, “Sinematic,” and an upcoming documentary about his life with The Band called “Once Were Brothers.”
THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILM COMPOSERS
Every year, a group of tomorrow’s Hans Zimmers and Nicholas Britells head up to Skywalker Ranch in Northern California for a lab that pairs film composers with indie directors for two weeks of concentrated collaboration. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving drove upstate for the last day of the Sundance Institute's Film Music and Sound Design Lab.
MAKING “UNBELIEVABLE” BELIEVABLE
Based on an investigative report by ProPublica and The Marshall Project, “Unbelievable” follows the true story of an 18-year-old who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two detectives who eventually found that serial rapist. Since the original reporting back in 2015, the story has been adapted into an episode on "This American Life," a book and, now, a TV series. John Horn talks with creator, executive producer and co-director Susannah Grant, and executive producer Sarah Timberman about their new Netflix series.
RHIANNON GIDDENS ON COUNTRY MUSIC'S WOMEN OF COLOR
One of the artists with featured role Ken Burns' PBS documentary series, "Country Music," is the acclaimed singer and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens. She spoke with The Frame about her own history with country music and what she wanted to impart in Burns' eight-part series.