Behind the Scenes of “The Boomer List” with Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

October 02, 2014 at 2:12 pm

The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the HIV/AIDS epidemic – the baby boomers have seen it all. This year, the last boomer will turn 50. In a new American Masters documentary, The Boomer List, filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders interviewed some of the most notable figures from the 1946-1964 generation. The film features 19 iconic boomers – one born each year of the baby boom. 

“It’s an era of tremendous accomplishment,” Greenfield-Sanders told MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman.

The film features a diverse range of celebrities, from actor Samuel L. Jackson to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and from fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger to astronaut Ellen Ochoa.

“It was an impossible task,” Greenfield-Sanders said of selecting his 19 boomers. “We set some ground rules. We wanted to have an equal amount of men and women…ethnic diversity, and then a wide range of professions. So once we picked someone like Billy Joel, that was our musician.”

The Boomer List is one of several “List” films directed by Greenfield-Sanders, including The Out List and The Black List series. The films all feature intimate sit-down interviews in which the subjects speak directly to the camera. “The original idea was to bring my portraiture…to life,” Greenfield-Sanders explained.

Greenfield-Sanders’ photographs and interviews are also featured in a companion coffee table book and are on display in an exhibit at The Newseum in Washington D.C. through July 5, 2015.
 
Watch the full film along with extras from the film on the American Masters website.
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