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Clark Terry on Touring the South with All-Black Band

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American Masters
PBS


Legendary trumpeter Clark Terry (1920 - 2015) describes an era when touring the South with an all-black big band was a "chore." It was difficult to find a place to eat or lodge and price gouging was common, he says. This film outtake is an original interview for American Masters - Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001). Jones began studying under Terry when he was 13 years old. Continue


Bruce Sinfosky Filmmaker Interview: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


Bruce Sinofsky (1956 - 2015) directed Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records (2001). In this interview, he says his reason for making the film was to pay tribute to the musicians who formed the foundation of Sun Records and rock and roll, who may not have been famous, but supported stars like Elvis and Johnny Cash. Sinofsky died from complications related to diabetes on February 21, 2015. Continue


Verses in Exile Trailer

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PBS Indies
PBS


Verses in Exile is a web series in four parts that tells the tangled tale of Cambodia’s most famous contemporary poet prior to his deportation. With no choice but to be told entirely in a land his family fled, Kosal Khiev recounts his journey from refugee to troubled youth, from prison inmate to free roaming poet. Continue


August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays

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American Masters
PBS


August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character development and the plot. This film excerpt from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes a dramatic reading of the opening scene of "Two Trains Running" (Broadway premiere 1992). Continue


Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary

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American Masters
PBS


Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this filmmaker interview he speaks about Wilson's relevance, interviewing actors and more. The film premieres Friday, February 20 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Journalist Bob Simon on His Early Career

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American Masters
PBS


60 Minutes journalist Bob Simon (1941 - 2015) was interviewed for "American Masters - Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes," which premiered in May 1998. In this outtake from the film, Simon details his career path as young man, from the foreign service to the United Nations to his first job as a broadcast journalist, for CBS news. Continue


Creating live cinema with puppets and shadow

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


With puppets, projectors and live performances, Manual Cinema creates surreal movies as the audience watches the process unfold. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art Continue


August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion

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American Masters
PBS


After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on February 9, 2015, the film's director and producer, Sam Pollard, moderated a panel with actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow and costume designer, and Rich Blint, Ph.D., of Columbia University. Co-presented by THIRTEEN and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Continue


Alaskan puppeteers create theater for adults

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For Geppetto’s Junkyard, a puppetry troupe based in Haines, Alaska, near the Canadian border, few topics are off limits. The puppeteers find that they can say anything they want with a puppet For more Continue


AFROPUNK presents the Triptych: Mutu and Biggers

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AfroPop
PBS


Two very different and innovative arists - Wangechi Mutu and Sandford Biggers - renowned in their own right, provide the inspiration for director Terence Nance as he paints a visual odyssey of their art, vision and what inspires their creations. Continue


Time-lapse artist shows us his vivid California dreams

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Sacramento photographer Justin Majeczky has a knack for capturing beautiful scenes in and around his city over time. Continue


John Denver: Country Boy

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PBS Specials
PBS


Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.n behind the music in this intimate profile of the popular singer-songwriter. Continue


August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Full Film

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American Masters
PBS


The film premieres Friday, February 20 on PBS to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month. Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Continue


Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays

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American Masters
PBS


Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two artists married each other in 1994. Romero describes the decisions she made while creating looks for August Wilson's characters in Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean and more. This is a film outtake from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. Continue


Underserved Austin students embrace culture through drumming

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program, teaches students to collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion and embracing their own cultures, For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


The Lovers Untangled

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The mixed-up story of the young lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena in Shakespeares’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be quite confusing. This two-minute animation sums up what you need to know. Continue


Scott McCloud tackles mortality, love, art in 'The Sculptor'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Cartoonist Scott McCloud, best known for the “Understanding Comics” series, talks about “The Sculptor,” his first graphic novel and his first work of fiction in over 30 years. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Alaskan puppeteers create theater for adults

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For Geppetto’s Junkyard, a puppetry troupe based in Haines, Alaska, near the Canadian border, few topics are off limits. The puppeteers find that they can say anything they want with a puppet For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


August Wilson in Seattle

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American Masters
PBS


In 1990, August Wilson and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero, moved to Seattle. After his death in 2005, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Center honored the playwright by naming a promenade August Wilson Way, which includes a doorway portal and a quote from Wilson's play King Hedley II (1991). Romero tells the story of August Wilson Way in this film outtake. Continue


AFROPUNK presents the Triptych: Barron Claiborne

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AfroPop
PBS


Artist Barron Claiborne invites the AfroPoP audience into his life and process in this short exploratory piece about art, vision and identity. Continue


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