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PBS series puts a face - 19 of them - on Baby Boomers

The Public Broadcasting Series - American Masters - has an interesting take on the examination of the Baby Boom generation.

“American Masters: The Boomer List” premieres Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. and tells the story of the generation through the eyes of one person from each of the years assigned to the Baby Boomer generation: 1946 - 1964.

They are:
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

It is an eclectic mix of personalities from the arts, media, social activism, science, sports, and business.

It is the work of filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose past films include “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now” and “American 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,” said Greenfield-Sanders.

Added Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters: “‘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.”

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. It is now in its 28th season on PBS.

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 in Washington, D.C. "The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" opens September 26, 2014, and will be on display through June 30, 2015.

Major funding for the project was provided by AARP as part of its yearlong program, Boomers@50+, which celebrates the Baby Boom generation.

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