Interviews

When You’re Strange: A Film about The Doors

Interview with John Densmore

John Densmore, the drummer for The Doors, talks to PBS about AMERICAN MASTERS When You’re Strange, the first feature documentary about The Doors.  The film is directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp. Densmore discusses the documentary’s opening sequence featuring Jim Morrison’s rarely seen original film “HWY: An American Pastoral,” and the different […]

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

Interview with Executive Producer/Producer Eugene B. Shirley

Executive Producer and Producer and Eugene B. Shirley, Jr. talks about the making of his thirteenth film with WNET.ORG. IHe discusses how he initially became interested in the work of I. M. Pei, the multiple trips to China needed to realize the film, and the unique challenges of long term documentary projects.

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

Interview with Anne Makepeace, the Director/Writer of I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

Anne Makepeace, who previously worked with American Masters as writer/producer/director of Robert Capa: In Love and War as well as Edward Curtis: Coming to Light, answers questions about the making-of I.M. Pei: Building China Modern. In this interview she talks about the challenges of filming in China, her creative process when interviewing subjects and documenting […]

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Narrator Danny Glover

Actor (and narrator of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over) Danny Glover discusses the first time he heard Sam Cooke’s music, the social context in which Sam released his records, and the collective journey on which Sam’s music takes us. Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Executive Producer Avon Kirkland

Avon Kirkland, Executive Producer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, explains the impact and importance of the legendary singer. Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Producer D. Channsin Berry

D. Channsin Berry, Co-Producer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, discusses his motivation for making a documentary about “the man who invented soul.” Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Interview Outtakes from the Film

Watch interview outtakes from leading Louisa May Alcott scholars, including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Geraldine Brooks (March) and John Matteson (Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father). —- Update: Don’t miss John Matteson’s recent essay in Humanities, “Little Woman: The Devlish, dutiful daughter, Louisa May Alcott“.