Season 26

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll

Full Episode

The life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe. From writer, producer and director Mick Csaky.

Philip Roth: Unmasked

Full Film

American Masters explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer.

Mel Brooks: Make A Noise

Full Episode

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television to the film genres he so successfully satirized in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs — to the groundbreaking Broadway musical version of his first film, The Producers. The documentary also delves into his professional and personal ups and downs, capturing a never-before-heard sense of reflection and confession.

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Full Film

It’s the life and times of The Joffrey Ballet — the first quintessentially American dance company — on American Masters.

Inventing David Geffen

Full Film

David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man, directed, produced and written by American Masters creator Susan Lacy. Geffen’s far-reaching influence — as agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and billionaire philanthropist — has helped shape American popular culture.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Homepage: The Day Carl Sandburg Died

It’s the life and times of Carl Sandburg on the AM website: Watch the film and see extended video interviews with the likes of Pete Seeger and the late and great Studs Terkel; hear Sandburg perform and sing in video and audio web features; read curated selections of his writing; plus more–Sandburg’s words and world visualized in a series of digital posters, essays, and a photo exploration of the Sandburg archives.