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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Ballerina Boys


Discover The Trocks. Dancing on pointe shoes, these male ballerinas mix artistry and joy.

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Twyla Moves


Explore choreographer Twyla Tharp’s career and famously rigorous creative process.



Explore the world of a literary icon whose fiction was unlike anything published before.

Masters of Drag: Julian Eltinge


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

How It Feels To Be Free


The inspiring story of six trailblazing Black women entertainers.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page


An unvarnished look at the unlikely “Little House” series author.

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy


Explore the life of artist Keith Haring who revolutionized pop culture and fine art.