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The Frame 5th Anniversary Special




The Frame's John Horn interviews Ava DuVernay inside the 50-seat theater on the campus of Array HQ in Los Angeles.
The Frame's John Horn interviews Ava DuVernay inside the 50-seat theater on the campus of Array HQ in Los Angeles.
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WHEN WE FIRST WENT ON THE AIR...

On November 10, 2014 The Frame aired for the first time as an afternoon show on KPCC...

When we launched The Frame, we were doing something for the first time. So we asked our early guests for stories of when they first succeeded or failed. Former Daily Show host, Jon Stewart shares the first time he bombed on stage at a comedy club, actress Geena Davis remembers her first film gig on "Tootsie" and director Antoine Fuqua can still feel the sting the first time he lost a big job. 

And we look back at the very first Frame interview to air. It was with filmmaker Christopher Nolan as he was about to release his sci-fi drama, “Interstellar." 

THE SONY HACK

There’ve been a lot of real-world events that drove our coverage over the years, but the one that coincided with the launch of The Frame was the Sony Hack. The hack of Sony Pictures, allegedly by North Korea, was supposedly retribution for the Seth Rogan-James Franco comedy “The Interview.” The theatrical of the movie was pulled and went straight to streaming.  It was a crazy story that evolved each day and in the midst of it, the movie’s screenwriter, Dan Sterling joined us in studio.

WHEN THE WORLD LOST A 'PRINCE' 

The Frame senior producer, Oscar Garza looks back at the sudden death of legendary music icon, Prince and how the show rallied to pay proper tribute to the 'Purple One.' 

ZACK GALIFIANAKIS & THE UNIQUE CASTING OF "BASKETS"

The FX show "Baskets” defied the usual categorization of a TV comedy. In "Baskets" the audience is just as apt to get choked up as to laugh out loud. Star and co-created Zach Galifianakis plays identical twins, Chip and Dale Baskets. We remember talking with Galifianakis about the show's hyper-realism  wha creators call "slapstick drama."

SECRET SOUNDS OF THE 'GAME OF THRONES' DRAGONS

Original Frame producer James Kim spoke with "Game of Thrones" sound designer Paula Fairfield for a memorable story about the real animals she uses to bring the dragons to life, including her dog and the sound of turtles having sex.

THE 2016 ELECTION THROUGH A PLAYWRIGHT'S EYES

Over these five years artists have shared how the changing political climate has affected the work they make. One example is the playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Before the 2016 election he wrote the play “Vicuña” with a Trump-like character and mounted it in L.A.  A year later he launched a revised version in DC. 

THE FRAME GETS OUT OF THE STUDIO

Producing a daily show can make it difficult to get out of the studio, but we do do it. In this anniversary special we remember some key times in the field.

• Frame host, John Horn is a cyclist, and has  done two interviews on bicycles, one of which was with Emmy-nominated TV writer Tom Smuts in 2014. 

• We drove out to the L.A. River to talk with filmmaker Karyn Kusama about her 2018 neo-noir "Destroyer." They met at one location that plays a key role in the film — a post-industrial lot along the L.A. River known as The Bowtie.

• In 2015, we visited with visual artist Mark Bradford in his studio-- a former warehouse for a welding company. He shared memories of growing up in L.A.'s West Adams neighborhood like working with his mom at her Leimart Park hair salon. The same place he began repurposing found objects for his art.

• In 2016, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro invited us to tour “Bleak House,” his two-story creative lair filled with more than 10,000 items including artworks, sculptures, artifacts, books, and movies. 

• Frame Editor Darby Maloney remembers the 2017 field recording with music sensation Lizzo in her Los Angeles studio where she talked about singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on Full Frontal the night after Trump was elected President. 

• In 2019 we visited filmmaker Ava DuVernay at the compound that houses her production company, Array, to discuss her Emmy-nominated series, "When They See Us" and how she is fighting to bring more women and people of color into the film and TV industry.

• Frame producer Jonathan Shifflett remembers recording an interview with director James Mangold in the back of an SUV at the Telluride Film Festival in 2019, and meeting with Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn outside of the Troubadour where he first discovered a young Elton John decades ago.

CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

One issue we've covered a lot in these five years is equality and inclusion especially in Hollywood.

In 2015 The Frame trekked out to Colorado for the annual Telluride Film Festival and caught up with the one-and-only Meryl Streep and talk about gender equity in Hollywood. She stressed that men need to see this as their issue too.

In 2016, Frame host John Horn underwent his own unconscious bias training with Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman and learned an important lesson about gender parity in his own work. 

BREAKING OF THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN STORY, #METOO AND #TIMESUP

In the wake of the Weinstein news we ran numerous segments on all aspects related to the story -- from the toxic use of non-disclosure agreements to set safety

Actress and writer Zoe Kazan spoke with The Frame following her film, "The Big Sick."  Kazan opened up about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and beyond. 

Emma Thompson reads from her open letter about John Lasseter. The actress took a public stand on the fact that Skydance Animation had hired the former head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation who was s forced out of those jobs for inappropriate behavior towards women.

SOME FAVORITE MOMENTS

Some of The Frame's most memorable moments are when we talk with famous artists about topics outside of their latest projects. Director Jordan Peele joined us for the release of “Get Out” and we had a blast quizzing him on horror film scores. (SPOILER: HE ACED IT)   

It was also pretty cool when when the creator of the Starz series “Vida,” Tanya Saracho showed off the Spanish-language voice-over skills she used on her day jobs to help her writing career got going.also 

And when Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood made a movie about the pilot Sully Sullenberger who landed a plane in the New York City's Hudson River, they shared what they think makes a real hero– and revealed that audiences attribute hero-ness on them that they don't have.

WE CRY IN MOVIES

Frame producer Monica Bushman celebrates those who are moved to tears by a good story, especially Frame host, John Horn. We remember a few particularly heartfelt moments when our host needed a tissue, like when the stars and creators of Hulu's Pen15 reminded us how painful middle school can be. 

It's not just movies though, the music of  composer Randy Newman also moved Horn to shed a few. And when spoke with actor Mahershala Ali and played his ocean scene from "Moonlight," they both got a little chocked up. 

THE FRAME IS A GROUP LABOR OF LOVE 

Frame producer Julia Paskin remembers our interview with Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waxberg about their Amazon series, "Undone," and shares how the show works collaboratively to deliver in depth, quality interviews for our listeners. 

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF GREAT LISTENERS 

Thanks for being part of The Frame family!