National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, and in order to celebrate, we are making one of our favorite American Masters films, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, available for streaming. Watch it in English or Spanish anytime through Oct. 15. In addition, PBS is turning its lens onto viewers this September and October, through a new social media campaign: #MiHistoria. Access hours of film and television from your favorites like American […]

Favorite Quotes from American Master Bob Dylan

Favorite Quotes from American Master Bob Dylan

On May 24, 1941, American Master and the “Voice of a Generation,” Bob Dylan, was born. In addition to spending the last five decades writing and performing record-breaking music, Dylan has emerged as a quintessential American artist who combined different music genres and wrote lyrics that freely expressed his political stance — ultimately inspiring others to […]

Merle Haggard: In Memoriam

Merle Haggard: In Memoriam

Merle Haggard, a country singer-songwriter best known as “the poet of the common man” and for his role in the outlaw country movement, died on Wednesday, April 6, on his 79th birthday.

B.B. King Tribute at Grammy Awards

B.B. King Tribute at Grammy Awards

Three nights after the broadcast premiere of B.B. King: The Life of Riley on PBS (February 12, 9/8c), the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King will be paid tribute at the Grammy Awards on CBS.

Black History Month: Fats Domino and B.B. King

Black History Month: Fats Domino and B.B. King

American Masters is proud to present the broadcast premieres of B.B. King: The Life of Riley and Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock N' Roll during Black History Month this February. The iconic musicians B.B. King and Fats Domino define the very genres of music invented in America --- the blues and rock n' roll, respectively.

Theatrical Release of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Theatrical Release of <em>Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You</em>

On January 29, PBS and American Masters Pictures announced at the Sundance Film Festival that they have sold Theatrical rights to Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, to Music Box Films. The highly visual and dynamic film is the definitive chronicle of Lear’s storied career and premiered […]

Announcing American Masters Pictures

Announcing American Masters Pictures

Announced today at the Sundance Film Festival: The new theatrical imprint for documentaries, American Masters Pictures, will be co-produced by the American Masters series, executive produced by Michael Kantor. The first three films under the banner have their world premieres at Sundance: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You; Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny; […]

David Bowie: In Memoriam

David Bowie: In Memoriam

In this never-before-seen interview made for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998), David Bowie speaks with filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders about working with Lou Reed, their respective literary influences, writing lyrics, and what New York City means to Bowie. In a tribute statement, the filmmaker also shares how Bowie influenced Reed.