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Joffrey - Podcast: Joffrey Mavericks

It’s American Masters radio: the other AM, on the podcast dial. To expand the story beyond what could be included in the film, the producers of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance started this audio interview series to record the many stories and perspectives from the people who were associated with the Joffrey Ballet over its 56 year history. Listen to the interviews and go deeper into the history of the company.

Dec 11th, 2012 | 0 comments

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Joffrey - Film Short: Making Joffrey, the Movie

The inspiration for the film Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.

Dec 9th, 2012 | 0 comments

Joffrey - History of The Joffrey Ballet

In 1956, six young dancers made up what was then known as the Robert Joffrey Theater Dancers, an ensemble that toured around the United States in a borrowed station wagon pulling a U-Haul trailer filled with costumes and recorded music. Their mission was to spread an interest in classical ballet to areas that may not have ever seen it performed. Led by fellow dancer and budding choreographer Gerald Arpino, they danced in school gymnasiums, on university campuses and in small town theaters while their namesake stayed behind in New York City to run his studio and make money to pay the dancers’ salaries. From this meager beginning, the company rose to prominence as one of the major forces in American dance.

Nov 14th, 2012 | 0 comments

Carl Sandburg - Homepage: The Day Carl Sandburg Died

It's the life and times of Carl Sandburg on the AM website: Watch the film and see extended video interviews with the likes of Pete Seeger and the late and great Studs Terkel; hear Sandburg perform and sing in video and audio web features; read curated selections of his writing; plus more--Sandburg's words and world visualized in a series of digital posters, essays, and a photo exploration of the Sandburg archives.

Nov 10th, 2012 | 14 comments

David Geffen - About: Inventing David Geffen

David Geffen’s far-reaching influence — as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist — has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously press and camera-shy, Geffen reveals himself for the first time in the new two-hour documentary; premiering nationally on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 on PBS (check local listings).

Nov 7th, 2012 | 67 comments

Gene Kelly - Last Thoughts: 100 Years of Gene Kelly

Today we celebrate 100 years of American Master Gene Kelly. His wife of sixteen years, Betsy Blair, talks about Kelly’s legacy in an audio clip from our film, Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer.

Aug 23rd, 2012 | 0 comments

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Judy Garland - VIDEO SHORT: The hardest working woman in Hollywood

Eight years since American Masters first aired JUDY GARLAND: BY MYSELF, series creator and executive producer Susan Lacy talks about the film she produced, directed and wrote, as well as how she made a story not about Dorothy, not about the overdose, but about Judy Garland: The hardest working woman in Hollywood.

Jun 13th, 2012 | 3 comments

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night - About the Documentary

Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones’s new documentary features 45 original interviews, including Letterman, Leno, Conan, Cavett, DeGeneres, Fallon and Seinfeld.

Apr 9th, 2012 | 101 comments

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man - About the Documentary Film

American Masters reveals demanding creative process behind celebrated director/choreographer Bill T. Jones’s ambitious dance-theater work for Lincoln bicentennial

Jul 21st, 2011 | 6 comments
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