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Go behind the scenes with John Singleton


John Singleton shares why he believes Dr. Angelou’s story is so important in this behind-the-scenes footage from “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

Funding for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is provided by IDP Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, National Endowment for the Arts, National Black Programming Consortium, Anne Ulnick, Michael Metelits, and Loida and Leslie Lewis.


Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Vital Projects Fund, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation and public television viewers.


Thank you so much for coming.

That is a funky elevator.

Isn't that funky?

Haha, Bob.

This is good web video.



Thank you.

That's a good word for it.

We've got you set up here.

Uh, it's very important to have a film about Dr. Maya Angelou, because she's the poet laureate of contemporary American culture.

She's survived and thrived in so many different decades, expressing herself as an artist.

This generation should understand that there's not just one thing being able to express yourself as an artist.

You can be a renaissance person.

She's been an actress.

She's been a dancer, she's been an author.

She's directed films.

She sang.

You know, so it's like - she's kind of like a living tree, you know, with roots that are really really deep in creativity, and that's why I love her.

Thank you so much.

Thank you Mr. Singleton, take care, sir.


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