American Masters is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, American Masters is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

American Masters: "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand"

Premieres Friday, Feb. 20, at 9pm on WGBH 2

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 (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; Slavery by Another Name).

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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

American Masters

A profile of playwright August Wilson (1945-2005).

90 min.

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

American Masters

The Season 29 premiere profiles magician Ricky Jay.

60 min.

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

American Masters

Discover the life and legend of the entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews.

The Boomer List

The Boomer List

American Masters

Take a comprehensive look at 19 iconic baby boomers — one born each year of the boom, 1946-1964. In intimate interviews by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film’s subjects illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

American Masters

Through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, explore the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. 

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

American Masters

Learn more about the influence of designers Ray and Charles Eames.

90 min.

Schedule

Monday
3/16/15 7:00 PM
WGBH World
Tuesday
3/17/15 12:00 AM
WGBH World
Tuesday
3/17/15 8:00 AM
WGBH World
Tuesday
3/17/15 2:00 PM
WGBH World
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