Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores 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.
After more than 30 years as the colorful bandleader of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, master trumpeter Doc Severinsen continues to defy nature well into his 90s with a grueling schedule of touring, performing and teaching. American Masters traces the life and groundbreaking career of the unstoppable musical icon, revealing his personal trials and underscoring a remarkable journey of inspiration.
Twyla Tharp’s career and famously rigorous creative process is documented through original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works. Follows Tharp as she builds a work from the ground up, with an international cast of ballet stars, including Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo and Maria Khoreva, who rehearse by video conference while under quarantine.
Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is an intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, told through never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words.
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.
Follow the remarkable story of an Ozarks farm woman who, at 65, turned her childhood into the best-selling Little House series. This portrait dives into the life, times and controversial legacy of this pioneer woman.
AMERICAN MASTERS tells the story of international art sensation Keith Haring, who blazed a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and beyond. Haring’s style revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art before his early death at age 31. The film features previously unheard interviews with the artist and those who knew him.
Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer Michael Tilson Thomas. A National Medal of Arts recipient and longtime music director of the San Francisco Symphony, he helped set the standard that an American orchestra should champion modern American music.
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.
As the world remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday, AMERICAN MASTERS presents the film LENNONYC, an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. The documentary features conversations with Lennon’s close friends and includes concert film outtakes and home movies.
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