This chronology of Muir’s life plots a history of his travels, career in writing, conservation efforts, and political victories for the National Parks. See many of these moments reenacted in John Muir in the New World airing Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21).
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 […]
Read a short biography of John Muir’s travels in the Americas and learn about the luminaries that paved the way for his philosophies of naturalism and preservation. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 on PBS (check local listings).
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…”
Morgan Neville describes the making of the documentary Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, a riveting chronicle of the time, weaving together archival footage, rare performances, and interviews from a veritable who’s who, including Elton John, Steve Martin, and Bonnie Raitt. Neville discusses his editing process and the relationship […]
Musicians Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Chris Darrow discuss the distinct sensibilities of women in country music and recognize Linda Ronstadt as a pioneer in the genre, and how performances at The Troubadour played a vital role in establishing women as performers. This scene is an outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James […]
Kris Kristofferson reflects on how The Troubadour launched his career, alongside artists who performed at the legendary club, Carole King, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, J.D. Souther, Richard “Dickie” Davis, and Barney Hoskyns. Artists reflect on the Troubadours uncanny ability to bring together the conflicting rock ‘n’ roll and country scenes at the time. This […]