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"carol felton" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Joins us high diving hi how are you Alison I'm doing great executive produces Stacey shares with us as well hi Stacey Hey how are you guys doing over there all right it's a new producer and actor Cate Blanchett Kate thanks for being with us yes thank you sister you see we're about the same vintage so I'm curious what's your what's your first real life memory of Phyllis Schlafly and then as a grown up adult producer person why did you decide this was a project you want to move forward with well you know I I remember growing up and and she got a blended together for me with Anita Bryant at the time and you know I also love the vintage where first we kind of apologized for being feminist the sort of I'm not a feminist but unfortunately by the nineties I've gotten over that in the summer of twenty sixteen I saw a documentary while we were eating around the same time of the election we are now and looking at the opposition and and that that Hillary Clinton faced in the progeny and and I thought the piece talking about Philip and Philip as sort of a feminist and and thought it would be a great way to tell the story of the ERA and dobby so extraordinarily counted and I've been lucky enough to work with her in the past and and instantly approached her to see if she thought there could be a worthy endeavor the W. when you first sat down to envision what the show would look like what was the biggest challenge what was kind of thorny there was a little bit hard to figure out you're kidding they're little tiny one was that while you Phyllis Schlafly was the singular theater the five year age opposition on the Senate side yet many families later there was a wonderfully democratic and like most social change movement you know Massey and lots of different people with ideas and ways to move forward so how you had in that asymmetrical structure how to create a structure for the theories in which all these incredible feminist leaders get their due as opposed to making it seem as if there was only one benefit which would not have been accurate and so wanting to come up with a more unconventional structure for the series to rotate and really allow each family leader to have their aria speak the other thorny issue was that most of the feminist leaders who debated Phyllis Schlafly not all of them were white feminist and it did not want the series to leave out the story as intersectional feminism which really began in earnest in the nineteen seventies so figure out a way to bring Shirley Chisholm functionality and all the wonderful black feminist leaders into a story it went your way and was probably one of the biggest challenges as as writer secu what was it about the way the script was written that appeal to you well right off the bat I found that the pitch so exciting man man man and and the because much to my shame you know the idea back in two thousand one there was a survey where seventy two percent of Americans already thought that the constitution specifies that citizens had equal rights irrespective of their gender and I was one of those people and so I thought hang on they want to talk to me about the equal rights amendment is not already in the constitution so I was already ambushed by concept and I was so intrigued by such as a simple eight you know a knock on wood finally important concept is quality I don't how's it been politicized and anyone who wanted to fight back hard to dismantle the notion of a quality I wanted to know why so I was I was really intrigued by diving in second talking about approaching the story through I suppose they lead albeit perspective which is part of the traditional women the conservative women that that the circle homemakers you know and that at that with that I I think what really what really drew me in and also it's it's it's that that's wonderful but but shocking realization that a period of history that you think you know everything about becomes at nine AM simony as as as stopping the bank from any point of the directional feminist Michael to Colorado for example who is you know at that Republican black feminist you know all of these pockets and I thought that I knew about but I knew nothing about but also the fact as we were developing it and then shooting as and in post production just how about like groundhog day and all of these issues that I thought were put to bed and it would not brain isn't we thought we'd won those victories which have made little progress again says it feels like and I'm right back there in nineteen seventy two in some ways tell me what did you want to capture about Schlafly why would you think was her superpower her name I mean I mean I do so many complex names of Ruckelshaus bug you know could you have more tricky names the W. think what what was it that you want to capture and and really what was hers talent I think it's a great challenge for messaging she really found a way to tap into a very real fear of traditional politically conservative women at that time and I think she's a great superpower for grassroots organizing she was one of the best grassroots organizer of that time period and I wanted to capture all the different contradictions in her all the different competing motivations are and really capture someone is three dimensional and who is complicated so which is my next question has the word three dimensional in it it's for Kate what do your research about her did you use to make her three dimensional so that she wasn't sort of the female equivalent of a a mustache twirler well aid you know and I think you have to to to to realize as an actor when you when you going to do it in the hall and that there's going to be a lot of hot button issues people whichever side of the line nine faiths have fallen out you know there's a lot of unresolved resentment I think that that license and in ninety and even when you mention the word feminism now it's a it's a politicized terms so you know that no matter what you do no matter how you portray any of these characters that that you know that they're going to people that have an issue with them but in the end I think you have to be part of the filling of the story but I am but for me I think it was the the poll that all the women had enough between their personal life and their political life and you know and in that regard very little has changed for women that is still a public self justification that has to go on in terms of where they spend their time and I think that that that is something you can stay alive in this area no matter what does the woman works at home or with she works in externally or which side of the political box divides people from and I think that this you know for me first and foremost I thought of with the authorized biography the city has a majority because I wanted to to to delve into silence as she felt that she was well said and so it was it was a really interesting bargains have before watching anything before reading everything because because a very polarizing because she's a Joan of arc for some people but she's the Antichrist Saddam and somewhere between those two probably lies the truth but I did I wanted to hear her in her own words with and Carol Felton cells biography this really my starting point my guess Cate Blanchett Davi Waller and Stacey Sher were talking about their new project Mrs America about Phyllis Schlafly and the are a movement to Stacey what about the title why Mrs America well I think I think Dr that one should not be because it was her her great invention when you think of it but that the decision I'm sure at some point in reading various articles the term this is America sort of put out there and the reason I I rested on it was I was reading about all the newspapers I would look at local newspapers from the time period and get a sense of what will Republican and conservative women out to end the use of throw these passengers as political fundraisers and the women who are like wives of governors and why the senators to accomplish women would be parading around in various red white and blue costumes and wardrobes and the pageantry of it really spoke to me and miss America just kind of stuck in my head is is very evocative of what it meant to be a Republican woman in nineteen seventy one in the title when we first meet Phyllis she's in a two piece bathing suit at one of these fundraising events why did you want that to be the opening shot down yes why don't why don't you why the if you like how many months you cannot tell you you know if you know your in a a production produced by women when they say okay we can leave with getting you the three weeks before we shoot the bathing suit sequence you know they they know that it's a concern for she preaches that the way to actually I think you you really quick the series is not a traditional biopic if not you know a traditional historical drama in which we're following just the chronological events and I wanted to start something full that really brings unity says there's a different kind of period drama it's going to be fun in the sack it's going to be intimate there's a lot going on and also really capture that first image all the contradictions of Phyllis Schlafly as a woman yeah because putting on fashion shows at the same time two years earlier she herself was running for Congress and that you know that pageantry at the top with her backstage conversation congressman Phil crane played played by the amazing James Marsden thirty Hampshire back contradiction in her within the first minute cicada we know it Kate the human being was thinking and that bathing suit but yeah but you playing Kate playing Phyllis what was Phyllis thinking as she's walking down parading in front of these people in a bathing suit when she's really a foreign policy walk yes I mean that's the thing about that the vehicle right and then let's not have random data and until she associated it with a difficult question that it continued mentors of US defense policy defense with her with a passion but I think in a lot of ways for the for the political animal you know whether it's a cross the bridge level or you know have a desire to to have influence in in in Washington I think the ends justify the means so if you need to behave that way it doesn't mean that your swimsuit model but it means that you raise money for so crime and and therefore if that will help your campaign whatever I need to do to do that but she was also highly principled person who had to salvage the Congress itself behind her so she was incredibly complicated and I think there is such a a wealth of species understanding about who she was and what she fought for and ultimately what her legacy lives which was very difficult it does not mean a matter which way you said it was divisive and so I think to ambush an audience from the get go was very important to say it's not going to be what you think it's going to be about it it's not a biopic is not announced at the Schlafly is about all of the women and my husband to you know he'd obviously but the scripts that hadn't been on very much watched at the end it he said bear with us he he was at having watched all nine positive sign much connective tissue between all these women but none of them actually get to fully realize unless they step outside the political system Dexcom fully actualized within us and dental you know it bothers people but I do think it's in terms of debating the status and justifying the mains I think I will do that in politics today you know exaggerations and inflammatory station Lytham fearmongering fearmongering they're all okay if the tools attention to what that person's estate sense of truth is a statement after Caitlyn said creator and writer W. Waller and executive producer Stacy sure about their new FX and Hulu original series Mrs America we'll continue our conversation after.
"carol felton" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Okay folks free and open up the phone line jerry we're gonna talk to carol felton also seven seven three seven six three nine two seven eight i'm gonna start with john from indiana john you're on how are you good afternoon hello i i am i don't know if you caught cpb program are of our economic timber can burn documentary too we're watching it i'm in the process of watching it i've i i i don't i i've i've i recorded didn't riveting absolutely riveting program couple of common about it or circuit orthopedic surgeon occurred in america american politics or have not really believe he'll and it's still going on and uh brooke me or i want to ruin accorded or could you know the enemy could you weren't okay uh but documentary 21 win over have family in world war coffee at phnom the only thing troch kit the move people are really picked off about the wreck rope and about the communist their growth their groping about the fact that the car i'm a coworker get into their relative graveyard all the people were dying in a so that were fighting the north of the communist party author graveyard could walk them and and in that coulter or through important to worship hungary or the grant her naranco through john do you have a question for girl well the questioner to do with our current policy in korea if we didn't learn from vietnam we got thirty carbon crooks and career and her every all children quoted opposite reaction the us has created the author in north korea and my question you are bought the democratic party stand up and say we were wrong to be or could communist all aren't job the communist china we want to negotiate with the north pole all us crew protocol career so that they can do though clear.