American Masters: The Boomer List
Premieres nationally Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Kim Cattrall (b. 1956)
Actor, Author and Producer
Kim Cattrall has had an extensive acting career that spans film, stage and television. The British-born actress was recently seen on the West End in the Tennessee Williams play Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic for director Marianne Elliot. The play opened to great reviews and sold-out shows throughout the summer. She was also seen in Liverpool at the Everyman Playhouse and at the prestigious Chichester Festival Theatre in Antony and Cleopatra for director Janet Suzman. She also starred in the West End’s Vaudeville Theater and on Broadway in Private Lives directed by Sir Richard Eyre. The Noel Coward comic masterpiece centers on former spouses who have been divorced from each other for five years. She was nominated for a Drama League Award for “Distinguished Performance” for her role in the Broadway production.
Cattrall makes her return to television this summer in the Canadian series Sensitive Skin in which she stars and executive produces. Sensitive Skin is the story of a woman of a certain age (Cattrall) and her longtime husband (Don McKellar), who have sold their family home and moved downtown to a hip condo in a transitional neighborhood in a conscious effort to change their lives, to stay relevant, to begin again. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens.
In February 2011, she was seen in the Masterpiece miniseries Any Human Heart on PBS. The miniseries, based on William Boyd’s novel, also starred Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin. In April 2010, she was seen in the Anchor Bay film Meet Monica Velour, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Written and directed by Keith Bearden, the film tells the story of ‘Tobe,’ who sets off on a journey to track down his favorite adult star from the 70s, ‘Monica Velour’ (Cattrall). Upon meeting her, he is confronted with a case of harsh reality.
Cattrall was seen in Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, starring opposite Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. The film centers on a ghost-writer who has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former U.K. prime minister, who has retired with his wife to the U.S. He unfolds a scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture the U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S. Cattrall plays ‘Amelia Bly,’ the trustworthy and very loyal personal assistant to the prime minister. The film won the Silver Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
In summer 2010, she was seen in the much-anticipated sequel Sex and the City 2 in which she reprised her award-winning role as the infamous ‘Samantha Jones.’ The movie is based on the critically acclaimed HBO series. Cattrall was recognized for her work in the series with a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, five Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors Guild nominations.
An acclaimed writer, Cattrall has written several books, including Sexual Intelligence, which was a national bestseller; Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life; and Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm, a New York Times bestseller.
In addition to her stage, screen and writing credits, Cattrall is the founder of Fertile Ground Productions, a Canada-based production company. Their first project was Sexual Intelligence, a feature-length HBO documentary based on her book of the same name, for which she was nominated for a Gemini Award as Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.
In 2009, Cattrall was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and, in 2011, she was honored by GLAAD with the prestigious Golden Gate Award for her support of the organization.
David LaChapelle (b. 1963)
Photographer, Director and Artist
David LaChapelle is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique, hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.
LaChapelle’s photography career began in the 1980s when he began showing his artwork in New York City galleries. His work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention and, before long, he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications and creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.
LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed some of the most recognizable faces on the planet, including Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Eminem, Andy Warhol, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Britney Spears, Amanda Lepore, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, to name a few. After establishing himself as a fixture in contemporary photography, LaChapelle decided to branch out and direct music videos, live theatrical events and documentary films. His directing credits include music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Moby, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears and No Doubt. His stage work includes Elton John’s The Red Piano and the Caesar’s Palace spectacular he designed and directed in 2004. His burgeoning interest in film led him to make the short documentary Krumped, an award-winner at Sundance, from which he developed RIZE, the feature film acquired for worldwide distribution by Lion’s Gate Films. The film was released theatrically in the U.S. and in 17 other countries in summer 2005 to critical acclaim and was chosen to open the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
In 2006, LaChapelle decided to minimize his participation in commercial photography and return to his roots by focusing on fine art photography. Since then, he has been the subject of exhibitions in both commercial galleries and leading public institutions around the world. He has had record-breaking solo museum exhibitions at the Barbican Museum, London; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; the Musee de La Monnaie, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2011, he had a major exhibition of new work at The Lever House, N.Y., and retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul, Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, Fotografiska Museet in Stolkholm and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, at which he was awarded artist of the year. In 2014, LaChapelle exhibited his new series “Land Scape” in New York, Vienna, London and Paris.
Other selected museum exhibitions include the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Museum in Krakow; the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hanover, Germany; the Lucca Center of Contemporary Art Museum in Italy; the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto; and the Kunsthaus Wien in Vienna.
Over the course of his 30-plus-year career, LaChapelle continues to be inspired by everything from art history to street culture, from the metaphysical to immortality, projecting an image of 21st-century pop culture through his work that is both loving and critical. Always aware of larger social implications, LaChapelle’s work transcends the material world. He is, quite simply, the only photographic artist working today who has been able to successfully maintain a profound impact in the realm of celebrity photography as well as the notoriously discerning contemporary art intelligentsia. For more information, visit http://www.davidlachapelle.com/.
The Boomer List Filmmaker and Photographer
Photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is known for his strikingly intimate portraits of world leaders and major cultural figures. From presidents to porn stars, artists to Oscar winners, Greenfield-Sanders’ work defines a certain cultural photographic canon of our time.
His portraits can be found in numerous museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2012, he exhibited all 50 portraits from The Black List series at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed nine feature documentaries to date. He won a Grammy Award for his 1998 film American Masters — Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and a NAACP Spirit Award in 2009 for The Black List: Volume 1.
His recent films include About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, which premiered at Sundance in January 2012 and aired on HBO July 30, 2012, and The Out List, which premiered on HBO in June 2013.
Greenfield-Sanders has published numerous books, including The Black List (Atria), The Latino List (LPC), The Out List (LPC), Movie Stars (Skira), Face To Face (Skira), Look (Powerhouse), XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits (Bulfinch), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (ACS) and Art World (Fotofolio).
He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.F.A. from The American Film Institute.
American Masters Series Executive Producer
For more than two decades, award-winning filmmaker Michael Kantor has created outstanding arts programs for television. He joined American Masters as the series’ executive producer April 30, 2014.
His most recent PBS documentary series, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, hosted by Liev Schreiber, premiered in fall 2013 and was just nominated for an Emmy Award. Random House published the companion book. In January 2013, Kantor’s Peabody Award-winning, 90-minute film, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, aired as part of the Great Performances series on PBS. Narrated by Joel Grey, it included performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Marc Shaiman and many other Broadway talents. In 2012, Kantor produced The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater with Michael Tilson Thomas, which aired on PBS and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Kantor served as executive producer of the 90-minute special Give Me the Banjo, hosted by Steve Martin, and created Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, the critically acclaimed six-part documentary series, hosted by Billy Crystal, that debuted in January 2009. His script for episode four, When I’m Bad, I’m Better: The Groundbreakers, co-authored with Laurence Maslon, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. His landmark six-part series Broadway: The American Musical was hosted by Julie Andrews and honored with the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series in 2005. That same year, he created three hours of DVD extras for 20th Century Fox’s 40th anniversary release of The Sound of Music.
Kantor wrote, directed and produced the award-winning profile American Masters: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket. With Stephen Ives, he co-directed Cornerstone: An Interstate Adventure for HBO, and produced The West (Executive Producer Ken Burns). His 20 years of work in documentaries include projects as varied as EGG: the arts show, Coney Island, The Donner Party, Margaret Sanger and Ric Burns’ New York series. As a writer, Kantor created Lullaby of Broadway: Opening Night on 42nd Street, co-authored the companion books to Broadway (Bulfinch) and Make ‘Em Laugh (Grand Central Publishing) and has published numerous essays and articles. He is president of Almo Inc., a company that distributes The American Film Theatre series, which includes Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (starring Katharine Hepburn), Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (Lee Marvin) and Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Laurence Olivier) among its titles. Kantor has served as a Tony nominator and teaches documentary filmmaking at the School for Visual Arts in New York City.