The artistry of singer and actress Judy Garland (1922 – 1969) is a living legacy upheld by the great singers of our time. American Masters asked performing artists who hold Garland’s work close to their hearts and in their own personal repertory what inspires them most about “the hardest working woman in Hollywood.” The national […]
Bruce Sinofsky (1956 – 2015) wrote, directed and produced the two-hour American Masters documentary Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records (2001). In this filmmaker interview, he says his reason for making the film was to pay tribute to the musicians who formed the foundation of Sun Records and rock and roll. They may […]
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.”
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 […]
August Wilson (1945 – 2005) was an award-winning American playwright whose work illuminated the joys and struggles of the African-American experience in the United States during the 20th century. August Wilson’s Childhood Wilson’s rise from humble beginnings to Broadway was unlikely. Born Frederick August Kittel on April 27, 1945, in the Hill District community of […]
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 […]
Cartoonist and illustrator Peter Kuper played a pivotal role in the genesis of the film Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice. Kuper met Ricky Jay after sending him this three-page comic, the result of Kuper’s futile effort to get tickets to Jay’s sold-out show in New York City. Kuper eventually helped connect his friend director Molly Bernstein to […]