Interviews

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam Fandom: A Statistical Analysis

Dr. Greger Larson, evolutionary biologist by day and Pearl Jam enthusiast by night, provides a statistical analysis of Pearl Jam’s sets, including concert favorite “Corduroy” with a tease of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.” American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam’s Name Change

This excerpt from Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty features Pearl Jam discussing their original band name, Mookie Blaylock. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Interview: Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones discusses his creative process, the origins of the documentary Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, and how President Abraham Lincoln and related subject matter has inspired his work for Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) […]

James Levine: The Life In Music

Interview with Filmmaker Susan Froemke

Susan Froemke answered questions via email about the making of the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro. “I knew that Maestro Levine was a genius musically. I saw it every time I filmed him rehearsing with his orchestra, working with a renowned singer or coaching a young artist. What I wasn’t aware of was his business acumen—something often lacking in artists.”

John Muir in the New World

Outtakes: The Alaskan Expedition

Hear stories from one of John Muir’s expeditions in Alaska with his colleage and companion S. Hall Young, including a tale of Muir’s rescue of Young during a very near brush with death in these outtakes from the documentary John Muir in the New World. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 at […]

John Muir in the New World

Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Catherine Tatge

Catherine Tatge, the Director/Producer/Writer of American Masters John Muir in the New World, discusses how she used reenactments to provide the visual elements needed to communicate the power of Muir’s story, casting the part of Muir, and why Muir is an American Master. CATHERINE TATGE:  I knew who John Muir was but I didn’t know […]

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with filmmaker Gail Levin

Levin discusses what it was like working with the legendary Jeff Bridges for American Masters’ Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an actor whose appeal, she points out, spans the generations. “I was surprised to learn that what seems to be an easygoing guy is kind of a guy who frets a bit. He appears to be so easy and “dude-ish” in a way, but he’s not that laid back. He’s not uptight, be he’s intense and he thinks about things…”