Interviews

James Beard: America’s First Foodie

Caroline Stuart explains the story of the short-lived James Beard doll

Caroline Stuart, a friend of James Beard, discovered a doll that was designed to look like James Beard. The toy was only available for a short time, and very few remain today. Major funding for James Beard: America’s First Foodie is provided by Feast it Forward. Additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Art […]

James Beard: America’s First Foodie

Alice Waters remembers her early friendship with James Beard

Alice Waters recalls a party early in her friendship with James Beard. Waters was nervous bringing her young daughter over to Beard’s home, but the two made a wonderful impression on one another.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear on Legacy

Norman Lear discusses his work and legacy.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Phil Rosenthal Discusses Norman Lear’s Impact

Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, writer/producer Norman Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom. In this excerpt, writer and producer Phil Rosenthal shares how impactful Lear’s work was, especially through the narratives of “All In the Family.”

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Filmmaker Interview with Ric Burns

In this filmmaker interview, 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. Watch his documentary American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History.

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Filmmaker Statement: Three Key Assets for the Documentary

Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen (American Masters — Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge) uncovers the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso, for American Masters. Rosen cites three key assets that helped him decide to make […]