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Weekend: The Truth of 'The Hunt'; 'Pandemic': the Netflix Series; 'Onward' filmmaker; The Moth Gets Bilingual and more




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Betty Gilpin stars in "The Hunt," co-written by Damon Lindelof ("Watchmen") and Nick Cuse.

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THE SATIRICAL TRIBALISM OF 'THE HUNT'

Last year's scheduled release of "The Hunt" was delayed after an avalanche of press that inaccurately described the film as being about "deplorables" — aka Trump supporters — being hunted down by liberals. The film's synopsis actually reads: "In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted ... knows The Hunters’ game better than they do." Co-writers Damon Lindelof ("Watchmen") and Nick Cuse talk with John about the film's journey. Cuse also talks about his upcoming HBO Max series, "Station Eleven," about survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sowGYbxTPgU&feature=youtu.be

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE DOCUSERIES 'PANDEMIC'  

If COVID-19 has you curious about communicable diseases the Netflix is way ahead you you with a docuseries called “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak.” The series follows “the battle against influenza.” Dr. Sheri Fink, a correspondent for the New York Times and an executive producer of the docuseries, explains that the idea started a few years back, before the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPs90HZbSVQ

'NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS' + ACCESS TO ABORTION

It’s not every day that a Hollywood studio releases a movie to coincide with a related Supreme Court case. But the new Focus Features’ film, “Never, Rarely Sometimes Always” has arrived in theaters a week after the Court heard arguments in a case called: June Medical Services versus Russ. The movie is about a teenage girl in rural PA who gets pregnant then travels with her cousin to NYC to get an abortion. In the interview Hittman talks about doing the research into various clinics-- those that perform abortions and those that don’t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjw_QTKr2rc

'THE MOTH' STORYTELLERS HABLAN ESPAÑOL 

Frame contributor Marcos Najera attended the inaugural Spanish language Moth Story Slam in LA and brings us this story of the night and the storytellers.

HOW 'ONWARD' FILMMAKER USED HIS LIFE IN THE STORY

Pixar’s latest release, "Onward" follows two teenage brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. The boys are actually elves but they live in a world where magic has been replaced with technology and modern convenience. The stakes are high because their father died when they were too young to even remember him. But they have a chance to meet him again for one day if they can get the magic right. John talks with director and co-writer Dan Scanlon about how the idea for "Onward" all began with the loss of his own father.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5QmllRCn4

THE LEGACY OF THE PAN AFRIKAN PEOPLE’S ARKESTRA  

For nearly 4 decades composer, pianist and bandleader Horace Tapscott led the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra.  It’s a freewheeling ensemble of musicians dedicated to making music for, about and with the South Los Angeles community. Twenty years after his death in 1998, the Ark is as active as ever, thanks to the release of newly discovered material.  And the group’s traditions are being passed down from generation to generation. The Frame contributor Steven Cuevas has the story.