Screenings & Showings: September 2017

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it's a theatrical screening or a gallery showing, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood.

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Series Launches Podcast Season 2, “Revolutionary Writers,” with New Guest Host, Emmy-Nominated SNL Writer and Comedian Anna Drezen

Season 2 of the American Masters Podcast, “Revolutionary Writers,” features new guest host Anna Drezen, Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live (SNL) writer, comedian and author (How to Win at Feminism, How May We Hate You?, Reductress), and includes 10 episodes that look at the artists that challenge and shape our thoughts through the power of the written word: playwrights, comedy writers, horror writers, songwriters and poets. […]

World Premiere of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) screening dates are available here. American Masters Pictures’ Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart will also have its world premiere at TIFF. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress […]

American Masters Celebrates 2017 Emmy®-Nominated Season

American Masters is thrilled and honored to celebrate their 2017 Emmy®-nominated season. Congratulations to all of the incredible filmmakers, producers, directors and team members who have brought us inspirational documentaries each year. Keep reading to learn more about the films in our nominated series.

The Women-Authored Masterpieces that You Should Read (or Revisit) this Summer

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Women’s voices have enriched America’s literary heritage since the country’s founding, despite attempts […]

15 Essential Songs you Must Listen to for African-American Music Appreciation Month

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] By: Whitney McGowan President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be the month […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Ella Fitzgerald’s Adolescent Years

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] In 1958, Ella Fitzgerald became the first Black woman to win a Grammy […]

Celebrating Pride: Four Inspiring Women Who Believed in Equality for All

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Women have been critical to every major social movement in America, and the […]

What I Learned About Love from Rereading ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

By Eve Dunbar, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] This year marks the […]