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.

Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

Director’s Statement by Nancy Buirski

By Nancy Buirski Artistic Inspiration American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun illuminates the exceptional qualities of “Tanny” in life and in dance. It portrays her artistic triumph and her personal tragedy. Through her own words and through the people who knew and loved her, our film captures her love of dance, […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Collaborative Filmmaking with Two Directors

Luke Poling and Tom Bean talk about their interest in their subject, George Plimpton, and about the process of collaborative documentary filmmaking, from archival research to editing. Poling and Bean are co-directors, co-writers and co-producers of Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself. About the Directors Tom Bean has worked in many capacities on documentary and […]

A Fierce Green Fire

How to Make a Film on the Environment

By Mark Kitchell, producer, director, writer of A Fierce Green Fire Like Berkeley in the Sixties, my previous work which has become one of the defining films about the protest movements of the 1960s, A Fierce Green Fire started with the idea that a big-picture synthesis of environmentalism was needed. It’s the biggest movement the […]