Sir Ian McKellen

INDEPENDENT LENS
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

 

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales of the City also gets by with some help from the author’s friends — including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan — along with Maupin himself to offer a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of ‘70s San Francisco to the frontlines of America’s ongoing culture war.

 

The Dave Clark Five
– Glad All Over, A Great Performances Special

Dave Clark Five

 

The Dave Clark Five was actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus the first to spearhead rock and roll’s “British invasion” that changed the world. The group’s greatest hits include “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces” and “Over and Over.” This special features archival footage of the band, along with newly filmed interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, Sir Ian McKellen and others, all sharing their memories of how the music and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives.