Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Joel & More Among PBS's THE BOOMER LIST; Check Out Documentary Preview!
Below, check out the full list of 19 iconic boomers -- one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964 -- featured in filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of the last baby boomers turning 50 this year.
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From the time of its birth, the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world. 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50.American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers--one born each year of the baby boom:
1946 Tim O'Brien, Vietnam vet / author
1947 Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru
1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor
1949 Billy Joel, singer-songwriter
1950 Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer
1951 Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
1952 Amy Tan, author
1953 Eve Ensler, playwright
1954 Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers
1955 Maria Shriver, journalist
1956 Kim Cattrall, actor
1957 Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
1958 Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center
1959 Ronnie Lott, athlete
1960 Erin Brockovich, environmentalist
1961 Peter Staley, AIDS activist
1962 Rosie O'Donnell, entertainer
1963 David LaChapelle, artist
1964 John Leguizamo, actor
Intimate interviews by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List,The Latino List, The Out List) focus on these individuals' exceptional achievements, struggles and identities, sharing the experiences of these extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Subjects illuminate the key movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years, discussing the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women's rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; technology and media.
Watch the preview below:
"When I learned about this year's boomer milestone, I came up with the idea for The Boomer List," says Greenfield-Sanders, whose past films include About Face: Supermodels Then and Now andAmerican Masters - Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart. "The film captures the boomer generation's dynamic spirit through 19 distinct 'American Masters' who had a profound effect on our world."
"The Boomer List is a celebration of this generation's impact on American culture. It is impossible to encapsulate in just a few words, but thanks to the talent both on camera and behind the lens, this remarkable film offers an incredible chorus of voices that somehow captures the zeitgeist of this era," says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.
A DVD will be released via Perfect Day Films, and Greenfield-Sanders' 19 large-scale master portraits of the film's subjects will be featured in a companion coffee table book (Luxury Press), both available October 1. His portraits will also be part of an exhibition at the Newseum
Launched in 1986 by series creator Susan Lacy, American Masters has earned 26 Emmy Awards -- including nine for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special -- 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 28th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York's public television stations, and operator of NJTV. For more than 50 years, THIRTEEN has been a partner with the tri-state community, using its rich resources to inform and inspire the passionate people of New York and the world to better understand and address the issues that challenge our diverse communities.