See and hear Paul Bonesteel, writer, director and editor of ‘The Day Carl Sandburg Died,’ talk about how the film was made: the process, the characters, the interviews, and the history.
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 […]
Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres […]
For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of Eden as a young man was a life-changing experience. Scorsese appears on and off camera throughout A Letter to Elia, taking us through Kazan’s life and through his own as well, and through his growing realization that there was an […]
Gandulf Hennig, the director of AMERICAN MASTERS Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself premiering July 21, 2010 at 9pm on PBS(check local listings), explains his film making process and shares anecdotes about what it’s like to interview and film a maverick country musician such as Haggard.
Anne Makepeace, who previously worked with American Masters as writer/producer/director of Robert Capa: In Love and War as well as Edward Curtis: Coming to Light, answers questions about the making-of I.M. Pei: Building China Modern. In this interview she talks about the challenges of filming in China, her creative process when interviewing subjects and documenting […]
How did you first become involved with Christopher Trumbo and the stage play TRUMBO? A New York based producer asked me to direct it – this was prior to 9/11, and, I read an early draft of Chris’ play while I was in London directing HEDWIG. Since the play was based on some of his […]
From the late 1930s to the early 1960s, Billy Wilder dominated Hollywood’s Golden Age. With over fifty films and six Academy Awards to his credit, he is one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest directors, producers and screenwriters. His films range from stark melodrama, like DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944), THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) and SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), to […]
Director Sam Pollard remembers the first John Ford/John Wayne film he ever saw: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, which he watched in 1962 at a theater in Harlem along with his brother, sister, and uncle Sammie. “What stands out in my mind is the Paramount logo, the music, and Lee Marvin’s first words in […]