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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Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous


Discover the art world giant whose color fields changed art history and now fetch millions

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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart


Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive


See a new side of innovative writer Edgar Allan Poe, best known for Gothic horror tales.

Philip Roth: Unmasked


Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth