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.