Three American Masters Pictures Films Selected for DOC NYC Film Festival

Three American Masters Pictures Films Selected for DOC NYC Film Festival

When the largest documentary film festival in the U.S. kicks off in November, three American Masters Pictures productions will be among the 200-plus films showcased. All New York City premieres, these films about violinist Itzhak Perlman, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., and playwright Lorraine Hansberry are all funded in part by the National Endowment for the […]

American Masters Pictures Co-Producing Oliver Sacks Documentary

American Masters Pictures Co-Producing Oliver Sacks Documentary

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures and Tangled Bank Studios are producing the feature documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, which reveals the profoundly moving life and work of the world-renowned neurologist, clinician and author, who was described by The New York Times as the “poet laureate […]

Screenings & Showings: October 2017

Screenings & Showings: October 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. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to join the conversation in October: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Saturday, October 21 | 7:30 p.m. AMC […]

Five Surprising Facts About Billie Jean King

Five Surprising Facts About Billie Jean King

[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.] 1) As a child, she wanted to grow up to be a preacher. […]

World Premiere of “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” at the Toronto International Film Festival

World Premiere of “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” at the Toronto International Film Festival

On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. Depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago’s South Side, the play’s richly drawn characters and unprecedented subject matter attracted record crowds and earned it the coveted top prize from the New York Drama Critics’ […]

Screenings & Showings: September 2017

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

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

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 […]