Actress Parker Posey narrates "The '80s - Trusted Voice," exploring the third decade of THIRTEEN's history, notable for its ambitious programming, big-name stars and the launch of Ken Burns' career as a filmmaker.
In the 1980s, 100 million Americans were tuning into public television every week, and over a third of that primetime programming was being created by New York's THIRTEEN, the PBS flagship station. THIRTEEN's programming was original and groundbreaking introducing many firsts including Style Wars(1983), the first portrait of hip hop culture with a soundtrack featuring music by early rap artist Grandmaster Flash; Longtime Companion (1989) on American Playhouse, the first feature-length film to deal with the subject of AIDS and its impact on the gay community; the documentary Brooklyn Bridge (1981) which helped to launch the career of now legendary PBS filmmaker Ken Burns; the debut of two of the station's signature series American Masters (1986) and Nature (1982); the premiere of the first films by award-winning directors Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee and Spike Lee, and more. Throughout the decade, THIRTEEN was the bold, innovative, and trusted voice of PBS.
Through rarely-seen clips and interviews with actors, directors, producers, journalists and writers, the 90-minute documentary recounts the output of the 1980s, programs that are now classics in the annals of public television.
Pioneers of THIRTEEN The'80s - Trusted Voices airs Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.