Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton Trading Cards

American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards (see Billie Jean King for the first). Writer and journalist George Plimpton (1927-2003) lived many adventures, pushing the boundaries of his life, which could have likely hovered at a desk, fed only by imagination. Whether in sports, entertainment or […]

A Fierce Green Fire

Timeline of Environmental Movement and History

This timeline of key moments in environmental history and the environmental movement is adapted from Tom Turner’s chronology for American Earth, an anthology edited by Bill McKibben. The timeline includes important early writing, the first conservation groups, disasters, legislation, community and non-profit activism, and more. Early Environmental Writing and Advocacy Seminal works that serve as milestones […]

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

Map of the Environmental Movement’s Hot Spots

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire premieres on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS. Follow the film’s stories in this interactive map of the environmental movement’s hot spots of activism and urgency in the 20th century.

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 […]

American Masters Who Shaped Black History

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at a selection of its archive to highlight artists and advocates who shaped America’s culture, changed the course of history, and took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and just society for all. Browse the archive of American Masters for more. […]