August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Filmmaker Interview with Sam Pollard

Filmmaker Sam Pollard’s latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this interview Pollard speaks about August Wilson’s relevance, interviewing actors, surprises and more. “[Wilson] stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard.

“He stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard. “People know their works and I want them to know the works of August Wilson.”

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Music in August Wilson’s Work

Music was vital to playwright August Wilson (1945 –2005), who as a teenager honed his writing at the same time he discovered blues musicians like Bessie Smith. Wilson said that when he first heard Smith, “The universe stuttered, and everything fell into place.” Learn how composer Kathryn Bostic, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and actor and […]

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

Art Spiegelman and Ricky Jay in Conversation: Web Exclusive

Cartoonist and author Art Spiegelman (Maus, In the Shadow of No Towers) and sleight-of-hand magician Ricky Jay spoke in conversation at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on the occasion of the exhibition Extraordinary Exhibitions, featuring over 80 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century ephemeral advertising sheets known as broadsides, from Ricky Jay’s own collection. The magical […]

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

Filmmaker Interview with Molly Bernstein

When I first saw Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants, in a small theater in Manhattan (1994), I knew nothing about magic and I was astounded to learn this was a whole huge artistic field that is like no other. It is a totally low-tech form of entertainment. It’s a guy sitting at a table […]

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

The New Yorker Profile of Ricky Jay

Launching the series’ 29th season, American Masters — Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice premieres nationwide Friday, January 23, 2015, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Here is a look back at an in-depth profile in The New Yorker from 1993, when Jay had recently formed his consulting company, Deceptive Practices. “Secrets of the Magus” by […]

The Boomer List

Filmmaker Interview with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders began his career as a photographer and The Boomer List is the latest in the list series which he calls his “portraiture come to life,” including The Black List, The Latino List, and The Out List about LBGT America. The significance of making a film in 2014 about the baby boomer generation is […]

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

Director Dyanna Taylor on Making the Film

See Dyanna Taylor at work on the film Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which she directed, produced, wrote and narrated. Taylor is the granddaughter of photographer Dorothea Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor, and a Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer.