American Masters

Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life.


  • Ballerina Boys

    Discover The Trocks. Dancing on pointe shoes, these male ballerinas mix artistry and joy.
  • Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

    The story of the author of the “The Joy Luck Club.”
  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (Audio Descriptive Version)

    Explore the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller.
  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

    Explore the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller.
  • Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

    Trace the life and groundbreaking career of the unstoppable musical icon.
  • Twyla Moves

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

    Explore the world of a literary icon whose fiction was unlike anything published before.
  • How It Feels To Be Free

    The inspiring story of six trailblazing Black women entertainers.


  • Amyra León: Strange Grace

    Meet musician, poet, author, and activist Amyra León.
  • Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is the Way We Rise

    Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic.
  • Anik Khan: Street Level

    Explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, NY-raised hip-hop artist.
  • Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance

    How the reality of Native Americans inspires Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk's work.
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The New Chief

    The Grammy-nominated musician from New Orleans defies the expectations of jazz music.
  • Damon Davis: Apologue for the Darkest Gods

    A look into the art of award-winning, post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis.
  • Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon

    Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores themes of migration.
  • Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near

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

About American Masters

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