Ric Burns describes what camera techniques he used to capture the ephemeral nature of dance on film, as well as how he came to discover ballet through the process of filmmaking.
The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson premiered in February 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month.
Constanza Romero was the costume designer for many August Wilson plays, and also the playwright's widow. She shares how design came about for several plays.
See behind-the-scenes footage of film director Sam Pollard meeting with actor James Earl Jones, who won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway premiere of August Wilson's Fences
Nine of August Wilson's 10 cycle plays were mounted on Broadway, and each were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Two won Pulitizer Prizes. Examining African-American history in the 20th century, the plays are "ultimately about love, honor, duty, betrayal," according to Wilson. Watch play scenes and learn about each in a short synopsis.
Playwright August Wilson (1945 - 2005) rose from humble beginnings to become a celebrated Broadway fixture with his 10-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century. His awards include Tony, two Pulitzers and seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.
Seeing Ricky Jay perform led the filmmaker to learn more about sleight-of-hand and the history of magic. Bernstein and her partner eventually earned Jay's trust and began the documentary film that was more than a decade in the making.
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