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.
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (#2601H) Duration: 1:24:24 STEREO TVPG
Documenting how the Joffrey revolutionized American ballet -- combining modern dance with classic technique, art with social statement and rock music with traditional choreography -- this film is an expression of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino's vision and artistry. From a company that began with six dancers touring the United States in a borrowed station wagon in 1956, they grew to international prominence, transforming the face of dance with originality and bold, edgy new perspectives that challenged conventions. They gained extensive media attention, appearing everywhere from the Kennedy White House to the Ed Sullivan Show. The film weaves a wealth of rare archival footage with excerpts from many seminal Joffrey dances, shows the full history of the company, their struggles against financial or artistic setbacks, and how they resurrected and reinvented themselves. Narrated by Mandy Patinkin.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (#2702H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG-L
This film showcases the life of the legendary writer, actor, risk-taker -- from his youth, to his co-founding of the Paris Review, to his life as an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and occasional amateur sportsman. George Plimpton was famous for "participatory journalism," and in this portrait, we meet the man, the writer, and the "experiencer," who through his willingness to do anything for a story, brought his readers and viewers into the lives and careers of those he joined, so that they could be shared by all.