Screenings & Showings: July 2018

Screenings & Showings: July 2018

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Itzhak to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me to Ted Williams and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, here are a few upcoming opportunities to join […]

Watch the 5 Outstanding Awards-Eligible American Masters Documentaries From Season 31-32

 Watch the 5 Outstanding Awards-Eligible American Masters Documentaries From Season 31-32

For your awards consideration, these are the American Masters  films eligible for nomination. Categories for each program are noted below. American Masters celebrates all the incredible filmmakers, producers, directors and team members who brought us these inspirational documentaries. AMERICAN MASTERS: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Executive Producer – Michael Kantor Series Producer – Julie Sacks Supervising Producer – […]

Screenings & Showings: June 2018

Screenings & Showings: June 2018

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me to Itzhak. We’ve even got a few screenings of  Wyeth and Eero […]

How the Pianola Played a Part in Hedy Lamarr’s Invention

 How the Pianola Played a Part in Hedy Lamarr’s Invention

George Antheil was an American composer, avant-garde and inventive, best known for his film score to Ballet méchanique. WNET’s Sue Sinclair wrote about Antheil for a recent post on the new blog Soundwaves, exploring Antheil’s life driven by music as a concert pianist and a composer. Sinclair delves into how Antheil’s musical background and creative […]

“The Jazz Ambassadors” Premieres Friday, May 4

 “The Jazz Ambassadors” Premieres Friday, May 4

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie and American Masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially-charged Soviet propaganda through their music. Narrated by Leslie Odom, Jr., the new PBS documentary The Jazz Ambassadors features a new interview with American Master Quincy Jones, striking archival film footage, photos, radio […]

Screenings & Showings: May 2018

Screenings & Showings: May 2018

  Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me to Itzhak, here are a few upcoming opportunities to […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Star and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Star and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

by Elisa Lichtenbaum Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was –for a time– known as the most beautiful woman in the world. She graced the cover of every magazine, and inspired women everywhere to part their hair down the middle and darken their makeup to achieve her iconic look. But the Austrian-born starlet was also an inventor […]

American Masters Wins Peabody Award for Maya Angelou Documentary

<em>American Masters</em> Wins Peabody Award for Maya Angelou Documentary

American Masters is honored to receive a 2017 Peabody Award for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise for excellence in documentary filmmaking. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries and gave people […]

Screenings & Showings: April 2018

Screenings & Showings: April 2018

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Itzhak to Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me, here are a few upcoming opportunities to […]

Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan!

 Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan!

Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan! Singer Sarah Vaughan would have been 94 years old tomorrow. Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was a four-time Grammy Award winner, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner and recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the National Endowment for the Arts’ highest honor in jazz. It’s no wonder she […]