See behind-the-scenes footage of producer Julian Schlossberg interviewing director Mike Nichols. Schlossberg speaks about Nichols’ work and great number of successes and shares clips of Nichols and May sketches in this filmmaker interview. “He was very honest and let himself be captured,” says Schlossberg. At the time, Schlossberg didn’t know the interview would become part […]
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 — […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]