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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. […]

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Interview with Film Director Pratibha Parmar

Pratibha Parmar is the writer, director and producer of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. This first film biography about writer and activist Alice Walker tells Walker’s dramatic life story with poetry and lyricism. Watch Interview with Pratibha Parmar Parmar was drawn to the “incredibly compelling life” of Walker, who was born and raised on a […]

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

In Memoriam. Exclusive Clips and Interviews from The Power of Song (2008).

Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan. 27, 2014) helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to using the power of song as a force for social change. Standing strong for deeply-held beliefs, Seeger went from the top of the pop charts to the top of the blacklist and was banned […]