August Wilson on Stage and Screen

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand is coming back to American Masters on January 20, 2017. The prolific author is being celebrated across stage and screen this winter, with Denzel Washington’s version of Fences in theaters on Christmas Day and Jitney playing on Broadway with previews starting December 28 (opening January 19). Preview American […]

Bing Crosby, American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet

We’re spreading some holiday cheer and making three iconic films available for public streaming. Surround yourself with the world of ballet through American Ballet Theatre: A History and Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. And of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without the star of White Christmas, so settle in for Bing Crosby Rediscovered. ABOUT THE […]

American Masters & The Nobel Prize

Today, Bob Dylan is being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, joining Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway in a growing group of American Masters who are also Nobel Laureates. All controversy aside, Dylan revolutionized the way we view music and contributed to a social movement that changed the nation. In honor of this group’s remarkable achievements, […]

Screenings & Showings: December 2016

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 December: SCREENINGS Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Friday, Dec. 2 | […]

Feast It Forward Provides Major Funding for “Chefs Flight” in May 2017

Feast it Forward™ has provided major funding for an American Masters “Chefs Flight,” four documentaries on iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters. The documentaries will premiere May 2017 on PBS as part of the series’ 31st season. New documentaries American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie and American Masters: Jacques […]

American Masters Tribute at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, or H2FF, will present an American Masters tribute this year, featuring a reception with series founder Susan Lacy and current series producer Michael Kantor. “Profiling Artists and Visionaries for 30 Years,” American Masters will highlight two upcoming films on Friday, Dec. 2 at the festival. A screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who […]

WNYC’s “The Takeaway” Discusses “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter defeats, so we can know who the hell we are.” Maya Angelou’s powerful words introduce her personality and her work in the new American Masters documentary, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. John Hockenberry recently spoke with […]

Thankful for American Masters

Thanksgiving is a time to remember how lucky we are – and here at American Masters, we are the luckiest. We’re surrounded by the most powerful and insightful masters of our generation. Whether they share words of wisdom or simply funny and intimate moments, we wanted to express how thankful we are for these visionaries and their candor. […]

Screenings & Showings: November 2016

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 November: SCREENINGS Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Sunday, Nov. 6 | […]