American Masters is putting the spotlight on Pearl Jam, Woody Allen, director/choreographer Bill T. Jones and Charles & Ray Eames in four new biographies coming to PBS this fall.
Director Cameron Crowe celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with Pearl Jam Twenty, airing on October 21. Billed as a definitive portrait of the seminal band, the doc includes rarely and never-before-seen footage, recently shot concert and interview footage with original band members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder, drummer Matt Cameron, and friend and Soundgarden singer/guitarist Chris Cornell.
Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, airing on November 11, follows the director/choreographer over two years during which he tackles Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial. The program is a coproduction of A Good Man Film, Kartemquin Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS), THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and Media Process Group, with the cooperation of the Ravinia Festival.
With unprecedented access to the private filmmaker, Woody Allen: A Documentary (w/t) delves into Allen’s life and creative process. The new two-part documentary will air on November 20 and 21, and is directed by Emmy Award-winner Robert Weide.
Lastly, Charles & Ray Eames tells the story of the husband and wife team who are considered America’s most iconic furniture designers. It airs on December 19.