behind-the-scenes

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Interview with Director Pamela Roberts

As part of a segment filmed during pledge for Georgia Public Broadcasting, Pamela Roberts, director of Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel, gave an interview about her creative process and commitment to telling the true story of Gone With The Wind and the life of Margaret Mitchell. Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel premieres nationally on Monday, April 2 […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Interview with Director Mary Murphy

The director of AMERICAN MASTERS Harper Lee: Hey Boo answers questions about conducting research for her book and the making of her documentary film.

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Statement from Director Gail Levin

Director Gail Levin explains why she chose to direct the documentary Cab Calloway: Sketches and her hopes for the impact the documentary will have on today’s musicians.

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Interview: Director Kenneth Bowser

Emmy Award nominated director Kenneth Bowser explains why he chose to make a documentary about Phil Ochs, why he seems to have been written out of the history of folk music, and the unique way that Ochs’ music marries activism and his personal life.  Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune premieres Monday, January 23 at […]

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Interview: Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey

Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey discuss the making of Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter and how they took a visual approach towards documenting these two great designers. Narrated by James Franco, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premiered December 19 as the 25th anniversary season finale of […]

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Behind the Scenes: The Cutting Room Floor

In this mini documentary, originally produced for ITVS, see how the directors chose which scenes and storylines to cut from the final edit of the film and see footage from one of the cuts that was made. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local […]

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Interview: Co-directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn

Co-directors Bob Hercules of Media Process Group and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films discuss their verite approach, how they learned to shoot dance-theater, and their favorite moments from the documentary. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS […]

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Interview: Creative Director Bjorn Amelan

Creative Director Bjorn Amelan explains the process of collaboration between the production designers, technical crew, and artists when creating new work for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall […]

John Muir in the New World

Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Catherine Tatge

Catherine Tatge, the Director/Producer/Writer of American Masters John Muir in the New World, discusses how she used reenactments to provide the visual elements needed to communicate the power of Muir’s story, casting the part of Muir, and why Muir is an American Master. CATHERINE TATGE:  I knew who John Muir was but I didn’t know […]

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with filmmaker Gail Levin

Levin discusses what it was like working with the legendary Jeff Bridges for American Masters’ Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an actor whose appeal, she points out, spans the generations. “I was surprised to learn that what seems to be an easygoing guy is kind of a guy who frets a bit. He appears to be so easy and “dude-ish” in a way, but he’s not that laid back. He’s not uptight, be he’s intense and he thinks about things…”