interview

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 […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Interview with Pearl Jam and Director Cameron Crowe

Footage from the “Pearl Jam Twenty” Toronto International Film Festival press conference with filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Pearl Jam. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premierec nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Interview: Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones discusses his creative process, the origins of the documentary Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, and how President Abraham Lincoln and related subject matter has inspired his work for Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) […]

James Levine: The Life In Music

Levine on Conducting

In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine gives an explanation of his unique approach to conducting an orchestra – how he believes in being a “teacher conductor.”

James Levine: The Life In Music

Interview with Filmmaker Susan Froemke

Susan Froemke answered questions via email about the making of the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro. “I knew that Maestro Levine was a genius musically. I saw it every time I filmed him rehearsing with his orchestra, working with a renowned singer or coaching a young artist. What I wasn’t aware of was his business acumen—something often lacking in artists.”

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…”

LENNONYC

Outtakes: Adam Ippolito

Adam Ippolito of Elephant’s Memory describes meeting John Lennon.

LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast

Episode 7: Adam Ippolito of Elephant’s Memory

In episode seven of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Adam Ippolito, the keyboardist for Elephant’s Memory. Elephant’s Memory was a protest band of the 1960’s and 70’s in New York City’s East Village. The group became the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band after John and Yoko arrived on the scene in 1972 and asked them to be their backing band.

LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast

Episode 6: Gary Van Scyoc of Elephant’s Memory

In episode six of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Gary Van Scyoc, the bass player for Elephant’s Memory, the band backing John Lennon and Yoko Ono during 1972 and appearing as the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band.