Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Documenting how the Joffrey revolutionized American ballet – combining modern dance with classic technique, art with social statement and rock music with traditional choreography – this film is a palpable expression of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s vision and artistry.

Premiered December 28, 2012
Video expires December 27, 2016

Inventing David Geffen

Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. His far-reaching influence — as agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and billionaire philanthropist — has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades.

Premiered November 20, 2012
Video expires December 19, 2016

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Examine the life and work of poet and novelist Carl Sandburg, as well as the controversy surrounding him. Sandburg was, as he said it, “The Eternal Hobo.” For much of the 20th century, Sandburg was synonymous with the American experience, a spokesman on behalf of “the people.”

Premiered September 24, 2012
Video expires September 23, 2016

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life on The Tonight Show. His life, career, and complexities are explored in Johnny Carson: King of Late Night.

Premiered May 14, 2012
Video expires May 13, 2016

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel engages leading historians, biographers and personal friends to reveal a complex woman who experienced profound identity shifts during her life and struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African-Americans.

Premiered April 2, 2012
Video expires April 1, 2016

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Three-time Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kenneth Bowser examines one of American history’s most iconic folk music heroes and political agitators. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a revealing biography of a conflicted, truth-seeking troubadour who, with guitar in hand, stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same.

Premiered January 22, 2012
Video expires January 22, 2016