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Friday, August 08, 2014
The Boomer List revealed: 19 celebs in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new PBS documentary, Newseum exhibit, book & DVD
Excited to share the full list of 19 iconic boomers -- one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964 -- featured in filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of the last baby boomers turning 50 this year.
THIRTEEN's American Masters Series Presents Filmmaker/Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' New Documentary, The Boomer List,
Premiering Nationwide Tuesday, September 23 on PBS
the time of its birth, the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has
significantly and uniquely changed our world. 2014 marks an important
shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50. American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS
(check local listings), tells the story of this influential generation
through the lives of 19 iconic boomers--one born each year of the baby
1946 Tim O'Brien, Vietnam vet / author
1947 Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru
1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor
1949 Billy Joel, singer-songwriter
1950 Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer
1951 Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
1952 Amy Tan, author
1953 Eve Ensler, playwright
1954 Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers
1955 Maria Shriver, journalist
1956 Kim Cattrall, actor
1957 Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
1958 Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center
1959 Ronnie Lott, athlete
1960 Erin Brockovich, environmentalist
1961 Peter Staley, AIDS activist
1962 Rosie O'Donnell, entertainer
1963 David LaChapelle, artist
1964 John Leguizamo, actor
Intimate interviews by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List)
focus on these individuals' exceptional achievements, struggles and
identities, sharing the experiences of these extraordinary Americans and
the history they lived through and often created. Subjects illuminate
the key movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom
years, discussing the environment; arts and entertainment; science;
civil, LGBT and women's rights; law; politics; public service; sports;
the military; technology and media.
"When I learned about this year's boomer milestone, I came up with the idea for The Boomer List," says Greenfield-Sanders, whose past films include About Face: Supermodels Then and Now and American Masters - Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart.
"The film captures the boomer generation's dynamic spirit through 19
distinct 'American Masters' who had a profound effect on our world."
"The Boomer List is a celebration of this
generation's impact on American culture. It is impossible to
encapsulate in just a few words, but thanks to the talent both on camera
and behind the lens, this remarkable film offers an incredible chorus
of voices that somehow captures the zeitgeist of this era," says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.
DVD will be released via Perfect Day Films, and Greenfield-Sanders' 19
large-scale master portraits of the film's subjects will be featured in a
companion coffee table book (Luxury Press), both available October 1.
His portraits will also be part of an exhibition at the Newseum
in Washington, D.C. "The Boomer
List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" opens September 26,
2014, and will be on display through June 30, 2015.
Launched in 1986 by series creator Susan Lacy, American Masters
has earned 26 Emmy Awards -- including nine for Outstanding Non-Fiction
Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special -- 12
Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many
other honors. Now in its 28th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN
PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.
WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York's public
television stations, and operator of NJTV. For more than 50 years,
THIRTEEN has been a partner with the tri-state community, using its rich
resources to inform and inspire the passionate people of New York and
the world to better understand and address the issues that challenge our
To take American Masters
beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories
and personalities of masters past and present, the companion website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters
) offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and other resources. American Masters
is also seen on the WORLD channel, a 24/7, full-service multicast
channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary,
science and news programming, broadcast in nearly two-thirds of the
The Boomer List
is a Perfect Day Films production. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is
director. Music by Neal Evans. Charlie Watt Smith is editor. Graham
Willoughby is director of photography. Betsy Berg, Ingrid Duran,
Catherine Pino and Michael Slap Sloane are executive producers. Timothy
Greenfield-Sanders, Tommy Walker and Chad Thompson are producers. For American Masters:
Junko Tsunashima is supervising producer, Julie Sacks is series
producer and Susan Lacy and Michael Kantor are executive producers.
American Masters is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind
P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and
Elizabeth Rosenthal, Jack Rudin, Vital Projects Fund, The André and
Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation
and public television viewers. Major funding for The Boomer List is provided by AARP as part of its yearlong program, Boomers@50+
, which celebrates this influential generation.
As New York's flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN
and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV,
WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to
more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such
acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose
and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and
cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational
programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase
and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life
in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique
culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS