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.

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 […]

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Interview: Filmmaker Robert B. Weide

Robert Weide followed the notoriously private Woody Allen over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary. In this interview, find out how Weide gained access for filming and what he learned about Woody Allen’s creative process.

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…”

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville

Neville discusses his editing process and the relationship it has to the way he makes a mix-tape; elements of the film that serve as a ode to Los Angeles; and more.

Episode 3: Jim Keltner

In episode three of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Jim Keltner, one of the world’s most beloved session drummers. Over the course of a decade, Keltner and Lennon established a close friendship, playing together on six of Lennon’s albums. In this interview Keltner gives us perspective on Lennon as a person and as an artist.

Cachao: Uno Más

Interview with Producer Steve Ujlaki

Stephen Ujlaki, Cinema Department Chair at San Francisco State University and producer of Cachao: Uno Más for American Masters answered some questions about his interest in Afro-Cuban jazz and the making of the documentary.

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

Interview with Executive Producer/Producer Eugene B. Shirley

Executive Producer and Producer and Eugene B. Shirley, Jr. talks about the making of his thirteenth film with WNET.ORG. IHe discusses how he initially became interested in the work of I. M. Pei, the multiple trips to China needed to realize the film, and the unique challenges of long term documentary projects.

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

Interview with Anne Makepeace, the Director/Writer of I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

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 […]