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American Masters

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars.

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Fri., August 29, 2014
9:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning  

A profile of photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), who captured iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII Japanese-American internment camps, by her granddaughter (and acclaimed cinematographer) Dyanna Taylor. The personal documentary incorporates family memories, journals, photos and film footage; interviews and vérité sequences of Lange at her Bay Area home studio, circa 1962-1965; and insights from family, friends and colleagues.

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Fri., August 29, 2014
9:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning  

A profile of photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), who captured iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII Japanese-American internment camps, by her granddaughter (and acclaimed cinematographer) Dyanna Taylor. The personal documentary incorporates family memories, journals, photos and film footage; interviews and vérité sequences of Lange at her Bay Area home studio, circa 1962-1965; and insights from family, friends and colleagues.

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Sun., August 31, 2014
4:00 am
(120 minutes)

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning  

A profile of photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), who captured iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII Japanese-American internment camps, by her granddaughter (and acclaimed cinematographer) Dyanna Taylor. The personal documentary incorporates family memories, journals, photos and film footage; interviews and vérité sequences of Lange at her Bay Area home studio, circa 1962-1965; and insights from family, friends and colleagues.

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Sun., August 31, 2014
4:00 am
(120 minutes)

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning  

A profile of photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), who captured iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII Japanese-American internment camps, by her granddaughter (and acclaimed cinematographer) Dyanna Taylor. The personal documentary incorporates family memories, journals, photos and film footage; interviews and vérité sequences of Lange at her Bay Area home studio, circa 1962-1965; and insights from family, friends and colleagues.

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Sun., September 7, 2014
6:30 pm
(60 minutes)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll  

The story of gospel singer-guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-73), who influenced such rock and rollers as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Her talent on electric guitar was unrivaled in her heyday, and made an impact on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton. Included: archival footage; and remarks from music producer Joe Boyd, Howard Carol of the Dixie Hummingbirds, Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and biographer Gayle Wald.

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Sun., September 7, 2014
6:30 pm
(60 minutes)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll  

The story of gospel singer-guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-73), who influenced such rock and rollers as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Her talent on electric guitar was unrivaled in her heyday, and made an impact on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton. Included: archival footage; and remarks from music producer Joe Boyd, Howard Carol of the Dixie Hummingbirds, Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and biographer Gayle Wald.