Woody Allen: A Documentary

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented for the first time. Filmmaker Robert Weide followed the film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography.

Premiered November 19, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty

Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them — giving way to a work culture that would sustain them.

Premiered October 21, 2011

John Muir in the New World

Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (Apr. 21, 1838 – Dec. 24, 1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this documentary delves into Muir’s life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska.

Premiered April 18, 2011

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

American Masters 25th anniversary season included Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, a first-hand account of the genesis and blossoming of this 1970s music movement, centering on King and Taylor’s historic collaboration and the Los Angeles nightclub Troubadours that nurtured a community of gifted young artists and budding critical and commercial sensations.

Premiered March 2, 2011

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived,” this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. He is an exceptional musician, a photographer, an occasional vintner and a storyteller.