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 […]

What’s Streaming in February

 What’s Streaming in February

Happy February, American Masters fans! This month, American Masters is proud to present documentaries about Fats Domino and Maya Angelou in celebration of Black History Month and to mark Itzhak’s nomination for Best Music Film at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, which air Sunday, February 10. Enjoy these films, now available to stream for a limited time, via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. […]

American Masters Reader: January 2019

American Masters Reader: January 2019

Robert Indiana “Love” at Fondation Gianadda, Martigny 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 […]

American Masters Celebrates Two Legendary Performers in Honor of Black History Month with the Broadcast Premieres of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me and Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

<i>American Masters</i> Celebrates Two Legendary Performers in Honor of Black History Month with the Broadcast Premieres of  <i>Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me</i> and <i>Charley Pride: I’m Just Me</i>

Premieres Tuesday, February 19 and Friday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) Each documentary will be available for streaming the following day via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps This February, for Black History Month, American Masters profiles two iconic performers who broke new ground in entertainment as the Civil Rights movement gathered […]

Remembering Jonas Mekas

 Remembering Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas, the influential filmmaker and co-founder of Anthology Film Archives and the New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative, talks to director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart(1998) about his 1960s loft space in New York where Andy Warhol learned about experimental filmmaking. Mekas recalls tying Warhol to his seat during a six-hour screening of Sleep, and describes the elusiveness of documenting a […]