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.
August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand (#2705) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America's Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage. This film tells of his journey to the Great White Way, the triumphs and struggles along the path to such seminal works as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and four others before his untimely death in 2005. Directed by Emmy-winner Samuel Pollard.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 3:00am
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.
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 13, 2016 -- 9:00pm Remind me
American Ballet Theatre: A History (#2803H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG
Delve into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's pre-eminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with American Ballet Theatre's key figures: artists pivotal to the company's formation, including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and artistic director Kevin McKenzie; past and present stars Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo.
A Fierce Green Fire (#2701) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, this documentary chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 -- 7:30pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 -- 7:30pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 -- 1:30am Remind me
- KQED 9: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 -- 1:30am Remind me
- KQED 9: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 -- 9:30pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 -- 9:30pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 -- 3:30am Remind me
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 -- 3:30am Remind me
- KQED Plus: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 -- 10:30pm Remind me
- KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 17, 2016 -- 4:30am Remind me
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 -- 9:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 -- 9:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 -- 3:00am Remind me
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 -- 3:00am Remind me
Billie Jean King (#2604) Duration: 1:56:11 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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 -- 7:30pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 -- 7:30pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 -- 1:30am Remind me
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 -- 1:30am Remind me
- KQED Life: Sun, Mar 20, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 20, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Mon, Mar 21, 2016 -- 12:00am Remind me
Harper Lee: Hey Boo (#2504H) Duration: 1:25:46 STEREO TVPG-L
Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been a national pastime for five decades - it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel's message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama's Jane Austen.
This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel's Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how "Mockingbird" shaped their lives.