American Masters releases trove of unseen interviews

February 2, 2021

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DMLA Member WNET recently announced the launch of a robust digital archive by the PBS series American Masters, making a collection of interviews from the last four decades of films available and fully searchable for the first time.

The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, full, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Patti Smith
  • Mel Brooks
  • Carol Burnett
  • Carl Reiner
  • Audra McDonald
  • Lee Grant
  • Sidney Lumet
  • and many others

Just a fraction of the interviews filmed for American Masters appear in the final films; approximately 96% of the footage never gets released.

Now, the American Masters digital archive makes this rich catalog of interviews available to the public.

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