Remembering Carol Channing

 Remembering Carol Channing

American Masters remembers Broadway legend Carol Channing. American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor interviewed Channing in 1997 for his six-hour series, “Broadway: The American Musical.” In this clip Channing discusses how musical comedy has its roots in the diverse cultural heritage of the United States­. Kantor remembers Channing as, “one of a kind, seemingly bigger than life […]

What’s Streaming in January

 What’s Streaming in January

Happy New Year, American Masters fans! This month, we’re presenting documentaries about artists Eva Hesse, Andrew Wyeth and Elizabeth Murray, chef James Beard and scientist James Watson. Enjoy these films now streaming for a limited time via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. American Masters: Eva Hesse As the wild ride of the 1960s came to a close, […]

American Masters Season 33 Preview

<i>American Masters</i> Season 33 Preview

This season American Masters features an eclectic new line-up of documentaries about scientist James Watson, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., country music star Charley Pride, feminist singer and activist Holly Near, media mogul Joseph Pulitzer, photographer Garry Winogrand, choral music conductor Robert Shaw, and other artistic and cultural giants. Here’s an overview of the lives and creative journeys […]

American Masters Pictures Premieres Three Films at Sundance Film Festival 2019

American Masters Pictures Premieres Three Films at Sundance Film Festival 2019

Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Three American Masters Pictures documentaries will world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2019, which runs from January 24 – February 3: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, N. Scott Momaday: Words from […]

American Masters Reader: December 2018

American Masters Reader: December 2018

Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are six articles and essays we enjoyed in December. Let us know what […]

American Masters Reader: November 2018

American Masters Reader: November 2018

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 2017. Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are seven […]

Remembering Stan Lee

Remembering Stan Lee

In interviews with American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor for Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, comic book legend Stan Lee and others discuss Lee’s influential work at Marvel Comics, co-creating “The Fantastic Four,” “The Incredible Hulk,” Spider-Man and more.

Remembering Paula Wayne

 Remembering Paula Wayne

Paula Wayne starred alongside Sammy Davis, Jr., in the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Golden Boy” about a black boxer who falls for his manager’s white girlfriend – they shared the first interracial kiss on a Broadway stage. In this outtake from American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, premiering February 2019 on PBS, […]

American Masters Reader: October 2018

American Masters Reader: October 2018

Joan Mitchell, 1960-61: ‘Rock Bottom’, painting. Photo courtesy of Jim Kuhn. Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are seven […]

American Masters Reader: September 2018

American Masters Reader: September 2018

Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are seven articles and essays we enjoyed in September. Let us know what […]