Filmmaker Interview

The Women’s List

Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Photographer-filmmaker Timothy Greenfield Sanders is the director of The Women’s List and The Boomer List among other “List” films. “I try to combine my portrait work with my filmmaking — the List films are my portraits come to life,” he says. Greenfield Sanders uses a large format Deardorff camera and shoots very few exposures — […]


Interview with Director Rex Miller

Film director Rex Miller’s childhood bedroom also served as his parents’ “tennis room.” A photograph there on the wall showed his mother, a tennis player, posing next to Althea Gibson at a tennis club outside Philadelphia. His mother always remembered her lost match against the champion Gibson with pride. It was Gibson’s tennis achievements that […]

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

Filmmakers Interview

Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga are co-directors and co-producers of American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey. The filmmakers conducted an original interview with Pedro E. Guerrero at his home in 2010 and used that as “the spine for telling his story,” says Telles. Although they filmed on the same locations where Guerrero […]

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Filmmaker Interview with Ric Burns

In this filmmaker interview, Ric Burns describes what camera techniques he used to capture the ephemeral nature of dance on film, as well as how he came to discover ballet through the process of filmmaking. Watch his documentary American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History.

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Filmmaker Statement: Three Key Assets for the Documentary

Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen (American Masters — Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge) uncovers the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso, for American Masters. Rosen cites three key assets that helped him decide to make […]

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Filmmaker Interview with Sam Pollard

Filmmaker Sam Pollard’s latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this interview Pollard speaks about August Wilson’s relevance, interviewing actors, surprises and more. “[Wilson] stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard.

“He stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard. “People know their works and I want them to know the works of August Wilson.”

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

Filmmaker Interview with Molly Bernstein

When I first saw Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants, in a small theater in Manhattan (1994), I knew nothing about magic and I was astounded to learn this was a whole huge artistic field that is like no other. It is a totally low-tech form of entertainment. It’s a guy sitting at a table […]

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Filmmaker Interview with Director Robert Trachtenberg

Emmy-award winning director Robert Trachtenberg worked with the Bing Crosby estate to bring a wealth of audio recordings and images to the public from the first time. In this interview he speaks about the challenge of presenting the superstar who down-played how hard he worked to become a sensation in film, radio and television. Robert […]

The Boomer List

Filmmaker Interview with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders began his career as a photographer and The Boomer List is the latest in the list series which he calls his “portraiture come to life,” including The Black List, The Latino List, and The Out List about LBGT America. The significance of making a film in 2014 about the baby boomer generation is […]

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

Director Dyanna Taylor on Making the Film

See Dyanna Taylor at work on the film Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which she directed, produced, wrote and narrated. Taylor is the granddaughter of photographer Dorothea Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor, and a Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer.