Althea

The story of Althea Gibson (1927 - 2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open).

Premiered September 4, 2015

Harper Lee: American Masters

One of the biggest American bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was thought to be the first and only novel by Harper Lee, until now. On July 14, Go Set a Watchman will be released, featuring characters from Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Premiered July 10, 2015

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso. This documentary portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do through vintage performances, master classes and Heifetz’ previously unseen home movies. Interviewees include Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis and Ida Haendel, and former student, accompanist and longtime companion Ayke Agus.

Premiered April 16, 2015
Video expires April 18, 2019

Judy Garland: By Myself

Culled from recordings Garland made in preparation for an autobiography she never finished, her writings and archival interviews, By Myself uniquely reveals Garland as she saw herself. In the first film that drew on Garland’s own words to tell her story, Garland says, “Do you realize how many people have talked about me, written about me, imitated me? Well, it’s high time to stop. This is the story of my life and I, Judy Garland, am gonna talk.”

Premiered February 25, 2004

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

The film premieres Friday, February 20 on PBS to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month. Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

Premiered February 20, 2015
Video expires February 20, 2019