Remembering I.M. Pei

Remembering I.M. Pei

Renowned architect I.M. Pei passed away on May 16, 2019 at age 102. Pei was the subject of an American Masters documentary in 2010, I.M. Pei: Building China Modern, which followed Pei as he returned to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to work on his most personal project to date. In this clip from […]

Remembering Tim Conway

Remembering Tim Conway

The late actor and comedian Tim Conway remembers an extended riff he had about two twin elephants during a rehearsal for “The Carol Burnett Show.” This exclusive outtake is from American Masters – Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (2007), directed by Kyra Thompson.

What’s Streaming in May

 What’s Streaming in May

Happy May, American Masters fans! This month, American Masters is proud to present documentaries about American cook, cookbook author, and television personality James Beard to honor his birthday on May 5, American singer-songwriter Carole King in light of the musical about her life on Broadway and Chinese-born American Tyrus Wong in honor of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. James Beard: […]

Screenings & Showings: May 2019

Screenings & Showings: May 2019

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or film festival, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am to Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool to N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear, here are a few upcoming […]

American Masters Reader: April 2019

<i>American Masters</i> Reader: April 2019

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 April. Let us know what […]

American Masters Wins Peabody Award for Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

American Masters Wins Peabody Award for Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

American Masters is honored to receive a 2018 Peabody Award for Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart for excellence in documentary filmmaking. Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores […]

What’s Streaming in April

 What’s Streaming in April

Happy April, American Masters fans! This month, American Masters is proud to present documentaries about director, producer and screenwriter Sidney Lumet to honor the anniversary of his passing on April 9th, and American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn to celebrate her birthday on April 14th. By Sidney Lumet Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) made 44 films in 50 […]

American Masters Reader: March 2019

American Masters Reader: March 2019

Lady Gaga via Wikimedia Commons 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 […]

What’s Streaming for Women’s History Month

 What’s Streaming for Women’s History Month

Happy March, American Masters fans! This month, American Masters is proud to present documentaries about pioneering women Holly Near (premieres tonight, March 1 at 9 p.m. on PBS, check local listings, and streams beginning March 2), Hedy Lamarr, Lorraine Hansberry and Julia Child, as well as The Women’s List, in honor of Women’s History Month. Enjoy these films, now available […]

American Masters Reader: February 2019

American Masters Reader: February 2019

Travis Scott, 2016 via Wikimedia Commons 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 […]