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Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
The story of the author whose first novel, “The Joy Luck Club,” was published to great commercial and critical success. With the blockbuster film adaption that followed as well as additional best-selling novels, librettos, short stories and memoirs, Tan firmly established herself as one of the most prominent and respected American literary voices working today.
Premieres: 5/3/2021 at 9pm
S35 Ep5
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Explore the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
S35 Ep3
Twyla Moves
Twyla Moves
Choreographer Twyla Tharp choreographed a new dance specifically for Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic while most people were advised to stay at home. Tharp, along with dancers Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo discovered an unexpected technical challenge in trying to communicate virtually that made this project even more difficult.
Premieres: 3/26/2021
S35 Ep2
Flannery
Flannery
Explore the life of Flannery O’Connor whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered journals and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als and more.
Premieres: 3/23/2021 at 8pm EST (check local listings)
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Masters of Drag: Julian Eltinge
Masters of Drag: Julian Eltinge
In this new digital series, New York's sweetest drag diva Peppermint tells the story of pioneering American drag artists. In the process, she demonstrates how drag is a performance art form that has thrived in this country for generations, entertaining LGBTQ+ and general audiences alike, and providing the former with an important outlet of self-expression.
Premiered: 3/1/2021
S35 Ep1
How It Feels To Be Free
Portrait of Academy Award winning American actress Cicely Tyson smiling and raising her arms in the air during a visit to London, February 19th 1973.
Passport
The inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.
Premiered: 1/18/2021
S35 Ep14
Ailey
Ailey
A visionary artist who found salvation through dance, Alvin Ailey confronted a world that refused to embrace him and was determined to build one that would.
Premiered: 1/13/2021
S34 Ep7
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page
Passport
An unvarnished look at the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. A Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65, Laura Ingalls Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the best-selling “Little House” series.
Premiered: 12/29/2020
S34 Ep9
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
Passport
Explore the definitive story of international art sensation Keith Haring who blazed a trail through the art scene of ‘80s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. The film features previously unheard interviews with Haring.
Premiered: 12/4/2020
S34 Ep6
Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is
Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is
Passport
Explore the life and career of the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient and longtime Grammy-winning music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas helped set the standard that an American orchestra should champion modern music.
Premiered: 10/23/2020
S34 Ep5
Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip
Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip
Passport
Meet Walter Winchell, the newspaper columnist, radio commentator and television personality who pioneered the fast-paced, gossip-driven, politically charged journalism that dominates today. At his peak, his audience was 50 million. Stanley Tucci portrays Winchell in a new American Masters documentary.
Premiered: 10/20/2020
S34 Ep10
In the Making
In the Making
In the Making, the new documentary shorts series from American Masters and Firelight Media, follows eight emerging cultural icons – creators who bring insight and originality to their craft – on their journeys to becoming masters of their artistic disciplines.
Premiered: 10/14/2020
S24 Ep7
LENNONYC
LENNONYC
Passport
This fall, as the world remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday, and the 40th anniversary of his death, American Masters presents LENNONYC, a film that takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. October 9th at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 11/21/2010
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