She was an American Cinema Pioneer

Lois Weber was an early film pioneer as the first American woman to direct a full-length feature film in 1913, and one of the first directors to own her own film studio. Infused with the conviction that film could change culture, she directed over 135 films about controversial subject matters such as capital punishment, police violence, birth control, and poverty.

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Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

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Walter Winchell and the "trial of the century"

How Walter Winchell used the "trial of the century" to blend news and entertainment.

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The time Walter Winchell condemned an American Nazi rally

Walter Winchell condemned a rally of American Nazis in 1939.

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Michael Tilson Thomas on what he learned from James Brown

MTT talks about the James Brown song that caused him to pull the car over as a teenager.

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The toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonance

Meet Toodles, the toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonant music.

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Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

Meet the columnist who pioneered the fast-paced journalism that dominates today.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Discover the man behind the legend.