Screenwriter Billy Ray talks movie franchises and writing for politics

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Billy Ray was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. Photo courtesy of Antioch University

Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Billy Ray, is currently working on a television series centering on James Comey and his time at the FBI. His work has drawn him into researching and writing political history, but the story for Ray started even early when he was politically galvanized by the election of Donald Trump.

“On November 8, 2016 I went to sleep a Democrat and woke up an activist,” says Ray of his transformation. “The election so totally flattened me and it triggered something.”

He started fundraising and door-knocking for Democratic candidates, but where he really made a difference was when he started working with individual candidates and writing their stump speeches.

Ray is a writer and director and director known for Shattered Glass (2003), The Hunger Games (2012) and Captain Phillips (2013).

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Guest:
Billy Ray - Screenwriter

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Carolina Starin