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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Aug-Dec PBS: new Dorothea Lange doc & photographer/filmmakers on "American Masters" series
Documentaries premiering August-December 2014 on PBS as part of the arts & culture series American Masters.
American Masters -- Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Premieres nationwide Friday, August 29, 9-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Most famous for her celebrated photograph "Migrant Mother," Dorothea Lange's (May 26, 1895 - Oct. 11, 1965) enduring
images document five turbulent decades of American history, including
the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American
Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the
woman behind the camera. Lange's granddaughter, award-winning
cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, directs and narrates this intimate
documentary that explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision
of this influential photographer. Taylor,
who learned to see the visual world through her grandmother's eyes,
combines family memories and journals with never-before-seen photos and
film footage, including interviews and vérité scenes with Lange from her
Bay Area home studio (circa 1962-1965) and at work on her one-woman career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). American Masters weaves Lange telling her own story with new interviews of family, friends and colleagues.
The result is a personal documentary of the artist whose empathy for
people on the margins of society challenged America to know itself. Two
the time of its birth, the boomer generation has significantly and
uniquely changed our world. In 2014, the last boomer turns 50. American Masters: The Boomer List is a comprehensive look at 19 iconic boomers-one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964, including music legend Billy Joel and novelist Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club).
TV viewers, museum visitors and readers will gain insight into the
boomer generation through intimate interviews and large-scale portraits
by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List and The Out List)
that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling
the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through
and often created. Subjects will illuminate the important movements and
changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics will
include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT
and women's rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military;
technology and media. The Boomer Listis sponsored by AARP and is part of its yearlong program, Boomers@50+
Premieres nationwide December 2014 on PBS (check local listings)
Crosby was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media
star of the first half of the twentieth century. His remarkable appeal,
which continues to this day, was in his seemingly effortless ability to
pull an audience in to his intimate, laid-back voice. For over three
decades, through radio, film and records he reigned supreme. A brilliant
entrepreneur, Crosby played an important role in the development of the
postwar recording industry. As one of Hollywood's most popular actors,
he won the Oscar for 1944's Going My Way and starred in the
iconic "Road" films with Bob Hope. Crosby recorded nearly four hundred
hit singles, an achievement no one - not Sinatra, Elvis or the Beatles -
has come close to matching. Thirty-seven years after his death, he
remains the most recorded performer in history. American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered
will explore the legend of an iconic performer, revealing a personality
far more complex than the public persona he so carefully cultivated.
Directed by Emmy-winner Robert Trachtenberg (American Masters -- Mel Brooks: Make a Noise). 90 minutes.