An ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America, documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (#2606) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
Most famous for her seminal novel "The Color Purple," writer / activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the Civil Rights Movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and Walker herself. 90 minutes.
Althea (#2901H) Duration: 1:25:16 STEREO TVPG-L
Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the US Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.
Billie Jean King (#2604H) Duration: 1:26:11 SRND51 TVPG
The first sports figure ever featured by American Masters, this was a very deliberate choice about a very deliberate woman who has, indeed, been a major force in changing, and democratizing, our cultural landscape. To commemorate the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs tennis match - the Battle of the Sexes - and the launch of the Women's Tennis Association, this film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy the situation.
Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her egalitarian efforts on behalf of women and her commitment to prove consistently that in diversity there is strength - ultimately being awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. King presents her own story with perspective added by Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Elton John and Bobby Riggs' son.
Philip Roth: Unmasked (#2603H) Duration: 1:25:46 STEREO TVPG
Often referred to as the greatest living American writer, Philip Roth's 31st novel - and 4th film made from one of his novels-- is due to appear in 2013. "Goodbye Columbus," the collection of short stories published in 1959, put the 26-year old Roth on the map and "Portnoy's Complaint," 10 years later, propelled him into a scandalous spotlight. Yet he steadily earned the reputation as a man of letters, commanding ownership of the Jewish-American novel and making Newark, NJ a literary destination. He practically invented the genre of factual/fictional autobiography - his thinly-veiled "Zuckerman Trilogy" follows the protagonist's path from aspiring young writer to compromised celebrity. His career was considered dead by 1990 - and then exploded with a dozen best sellers in the past two decades. This film bears out Roth's promise to the director: "we'll speak of everything: women, rabbis, politicians, psycho-analysis, literary critics and me."
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 19, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning (#2704) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Explore, through Lange's granddaughter's eyes, the life story of the influential "Migrant Mother" photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun (#2703) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Discover the inspiring story of the ballerina paralyzed by polio at age 27, who was muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and who influenced dance forever. See rare archival footage and interviews with Jacques d'Amboise and Arthur Mitchell.
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