Interviews

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Practical Heart, discusses the ways that Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird influenced him as an adolescent. The novelist’s ability to distill national issues into a local, familiar setting, he says, made him excited about literature. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Richard Russo

Novelist Richard Russo describes how he reluctantly read To Kill a Mockingbird as a student in Catholic school. Russo explains how the relationships described in the book influenced him as a writer and provided inspiration for his own characters in his Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: James McBride

James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, discusses how Harper Lee used the voice of her protagonists in To Kill a Mockingbird to bravely provide an accessible and radical point of view about racism in 1960. He describes and how today’s authors can expand upon Lee’s views. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs […]

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Statement from Director Gail Levin

Director Gail Levin explains why she chose to direct the documentary Cab Calloway: Sketches and her hopes for the impact the documentary will have on today’s musicians.

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Chris Calloway Brooks Discuss His Grandfather

Chris Calloway Brooks, musician and current director of the Cab Calloway Orchestra, discusses his grandfather Cab Calloway’s accomplishments and style. Cab Calloway: Sketches premieres nationally Monday, February 27 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). In the New York metro-area the film airs Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Interview: Director Kenneth Bowser

Emmy Award nominated director Kenneth Bowser explains why he chose to make a documentary about Phil Ochs, why he seems to have been written out of the history of folk music, and the unique way that Ochs’ music marries activism and his personal life.  Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune premieres Monday, January 23 at […]

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Interview: Christopher Hitchens

Before his untimely passing on December 15, 2011, author and journalist Christopher Hitchens sat for an interview for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, airing January 23 at 10 pm (check local listings). Hitchens offered his viewpoint on the music of Ochs, the United States involvement in Chile, how the modern documentaries have replaced folk […]