José Clemente Orozco: Man of Fire

Filmmaker Interview – Laurie Coyle

Bold and complex, José Clemente Orozco’s iconoclastic personality and dynamic painting made him the conscience of his generation. A film on his life and his art, AMERICAN MASTERS Orozco: Man of Fire, is directed, written and produced by Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores. Below, Coyle answers some questions about the film and its fascinating subject: […]

Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Interview – Tony Bennett

Anthony Dominick Benedetto started out in the 1940s as a singing waiter in his native New York. Discovered (and renamed) by Bob Hope while performing with Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett went on to sell more than 50 million records worldwide. He’s featured in AMERICAN MASTERS Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends. Below, the renowned entertainer […]

John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

Filmmaker Interview – Lawrence Hott

Award-winning director Lawrence Hott answers some questions about the making of AMERICAN MASTERS John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature. Q: You have made many environmental history films, including The Wilderness Idea, Wild by Law and The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced. What is it about Audubon that attracted you? A: Audubon lived at an exciting time […]

David Hockney: The Colors of Music

Filmmaker Interview – Maryte Kavaliauskas

Over the years, Maryte Kavaliauskas has co-produced films on numerous artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Joan Mitchell. Now, she’s turning her eye to another renowned artist with AMERICAN MASTERS David Hockney: The Colors of Music. Below, she answers some questions about the film. Q: What makes David Hockney an American Master? A: Susan […]

Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Filmmaker Interview – John Paulson

Director/producer John Paulson has made numerous films on music, fine and performing arts, history and the cultural traditions of the world. With AMERICAN MASTERS Les Paul: Chasing Sound, he turns his attention to an extraordinary musician and inventor. The film premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Below, Paulson […]

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Filmmaker Interview – Karen Thorsen

I first fell in love with the words of James Baldwin during my senior year at Vassar College. While working toward a B.A. in French Literature (along with a D.E.F. degree from the Sorbonne / Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris), I read everything Baldwin wrote from Go Tell It on the Mountain to The […]

Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy

Filmmaker Interview – Pamela Mason Wagner and Thomas Wagner

AMERICAN MASTERS sat down with Finding Lucy director Pamela Mason Wagner and writer Thomas Wagner to get some of their thoughts on Lucy, and what is was like making a film about one of America’s best loved comediennes. Q: Why Lucy? Pamela Mason Wagner: A lot of people have asked us what drew us to […]