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WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Michael Kantor (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
American Masters: Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

A documentary film about the singer Marian Anderson (1897–1993).

WNET is requesting production support for a 90-minute film exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). "Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands" will air nation-wide on WNET’s AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS and will artfully tell the story of this pioneering artist and civil rights figure, presented against the background of the cultural and racial upheavals she experienced at home and abroad. In order to broaden public understanding of Anderson beyond the iconic moment of her 1939 “Freedom Concert” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., this film will also illuminate her exceptional artistic talents, and explore the thoughts and ideas of this deeply private person. Utilizing an extensive body of archival material and new interviews, this film will paint a full, nuanced, and complex picture of a great artist whose contribution to American history and culture deserves a richer examination.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

$650,000 (approved)
$650,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2020 – 7/31/2022