American Masters

American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

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Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers.

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Masters of Drag: Julian Eltinge


Julian Eltinge was a female impersonator who was once America's highest paid performer.

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Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is the Way We Rise


Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic.

Amyra León: Strange Grace


Meet musician, poet, author, and activist Amyra León.

Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near


Artist Vincent Valdez emphasizes under-examined historical narratives in his work.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The New Chief


The Grammy-nominated musician from New Orleans defies the expectations of jazz music.

Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon


Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores themes of migration.

Anik Khan: Street Level


Explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, NY-raised hip-hop artist.