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.
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 […]
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; […]
Watch "outlaw country" music legend Willie Nelson, an American Master, receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a broadcast tonight on PBS.
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.
The preliminary 2016 line-up for the 30th anniversary season features Mike Nichols, B.B. King, Carole King, Fats Domino, Loretta Lynn, Janis Joplin, The Highwaymen, Norman Lear and Maya Angelou.
Carole King and George Lucas, both American Masters, are among this year's recipients of The Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize lifetime artistic achievement. The gala ceremony took place December 6 and will be broadcast December 29 on CBS.
Among the 2016 festival premieres are two films coming to American Masters next year: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey may have a screening or event near you. See this list of related events and exhibitions across the country.
Loretta Lynn's first new studio album in over ten years, Full Circle, will be released on March 4, 2016, the same day as the premiere of AMERICAN MASTERS Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl. The album featuring a duet with Willie Nelson and guest vocals by Elvis Costello was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell (Lynn's daughter) and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash […]