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‘American Masters’ spotlights Richard Linklater, Edgar Allan Poe

PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ is tackling prominent creative figures this fall. Documentaries will feature director Richard Linklater, artist Tyrus Wong and author Edgar Allan Poe. The first doc in the strand looks ...
June 29, 2017

PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ is tackling prominent creative figures this fall.

Documentaries will feature director Richard Linklater, artist Tyrus Wong and author Edgar Allan Poe.

The first doc in the strand looks at the unconventional and independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In ‘American Masters’ Richard Linklater — dreaming is destiny, Linklater’s journals and self-interviews are woven with clips of his movies including Slackers, Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.

Co-directed by Karen Bernstein, Richard Linklater — dream is destiny marks the directorial debut from SXSW co-founder Louis Black. It premieres nationwide Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In the next instalment of ‘American Masters’ focuses on Guangzhou-born, American artist Tyrus Wong, who overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter.

Tyrus includes previously unseen art and interviews with Wong, movie clips and archival footage which illustrates how his unique style — blending Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art — is found in everything from Disney animation (Bambi) to Hallmark Christmas cards.

Filmmaker Pamela Tom spotlights Wong, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 106. The doc is slated to premiere Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Written and directed by Eric Stange, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (pictured) looks to explore the misrepresentations of Poe as an alcoholic madman.

Poe was not only an influential literary critic and magazine editor, he also invented the modern detective story and refined the science fiction genre. Yet his handful of horror stories is what he is most famous for.

The crux of the film looks to answer why Poe continues to be one of the most popular writers in the history of Western literature and one of the most misunderstood. Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive airs Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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