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Producer (feature film)

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) as Funding ("American Masters")
Interview and film clips trace Sidney Poitier''''s rise from humble beginnings in the Bahamas to his position as the first black super-star.

Producer (special)

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary with clips and commentary from fellow actors on the life and career of Gene Kelly. Interviews with Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron and Betty Garrett.
Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
A literary biography of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The program includes excerpts from private letters, photos from family albums, interviews with Fitzgerald's friends and E.L. Doctorow, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald's drawings and paintings.
Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological
Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary that chronicles the founding of the Sun Records label by Sam Phillips. The program features contemporary artists performing the music of Sun Records artists, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.
Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who played a major role in introducing America to modern art while championing the elevation of photography as an art form. Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keefe were just a few of the first wave of American artists whom Stieglitz mentored through
Bob Marley: Rebel Music (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley grew up to become one of the most influential musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Initially using music as a way out of the ghetto, he became the voice of a country and an ambassador for peace and racial harmony throughout the wor
Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds (2001) as Funding ("American Masters")
The program celebrates the master of the 20th century musical -- Richard Rodgers -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Rodgers composed over 800 songs and wrote more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collabo
Mailer on Mailer (2000) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of author, critic, intellectual, activist Norman Mailer. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1923, Mailer grew up in Brooklyn. At Harvard, he earned his first literary prizes. He joined the Army after graduation with the intention of writing a great war novel. He served as an infantry man in
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000) as Funding
Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of f
On Cukor (2000) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever
Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy (2000) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of Lucille Ball, the first female television superstar and first solo female head of a major studio.
Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso (2000) as Funding ("American Masters")
Profile of violinist Isaac Stern, one of the 20th century's most renowned and celebrated musicians. Stern is also recognized as a teacher, emissary, speaker and humanitarian.
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary portrait of singer, actor, author, civil rights activist and sports legend Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Includes exclusive interviews with friends and family, use of personal papers, letters, private films, confidential political documents, medical records and his wife's diaries.
Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood (1999) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary profiling the tempestuous association between two of the greatest figures in Hollywood history, producer David O. Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, whose clashes played out dramatically against the backdrop of the disintegrating institution of the Hollywood studio system.
Yours For a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (1999) as Funding ("American Masters")
A look at the years between 1920 and 1949, when 178 women joined ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Their work turned up from vaudeville to Broadway, from the repertoire of the big bands to the movies of Hollywood. Documents the lives and work of the women of Tin Pan
Lives of Lillian Hellman, The (1999) as Funding
Documentary about controversial playwright Lillian Hellman.
Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (1999) as Funding
Documentary profile of singer Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song.
Norman Rockwell: Painting America (1999) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary profile of Norman Rockwell, one of 20th-century America's most enduring and popular artists.
Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999) as Funding
Profile of artist Robert Rauschenberg, known for blurring the line between painting and sculpture with his multi-sided "combines."
Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer. (1999) as Funding
Profile of Dashiell Hammett, a detective turned author who created the character of the hard-boiled detective.
Leonard Bernstein: Reaching For the Note (1998) as Funding
Documentary commemorating the 80th birthday of composer, conductor, teacher and public figure Leonard Bernstein. Includes interviews with Bernstein's family, friends, colleagues, peers and critics and Bernstein's own words, both written and recorded.
Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997) as Funding
Concert tribute to popular American lyricist Ira Gershwin, from Carnegie Hall, taped on his 100th birthday.
Nichols and May -- Take Two (1996) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Includes highlights of the team's many television appearances, featuring recently discovered kinescopes of live performances not seen since their original television broadcasts in the late 1950s and 60s. Four of their radi
Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996) as Funding ("American Masters")
In this documentary, Lena Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom from her early days in the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16, to her film career in Hollywood and her caberet career.
Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (1996) as Funding ("American Masters")
A documentary portrait of architect, designer, engineer, poet, author, teacher and philosopher Buckminster Fuller--known to some as a genius, to others as a crackpot.
Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House (1995) as Funding
Violinist Itzhak Perlman explores his personal affection for traditional Jewish music, ranging from Yiddish lullabies to klezmer wedding songs to classical violin solos based on Jewish themes.
Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1995) as Funding ("American Masters")
Documentary portrait of the life and work of fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon who revolutionized the very concept of fashion photography. Avedon, who began his career photographing showbiz personalities, but later moved on to recording ordinary people and political events, left an in
Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval (1995) as Funding
Profile of Rod Serling, screenwriter and creator of the television series, "The Twilight Zone."

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