A new 90-minute documentary by Paul Bonesteel, “American Masters The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” premieres this coming Monday, Sept.24 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the writer’s death.
In his latest documentary, filmmaker Paul Bonesteel exposes Sandburg’s radical politics and anarchist writing during WWI as well as the current burgeoning resurgence of interest in Carl Sandburg. The film features archival footage and photographs, spoken word performances, songbook selections, readings and original rare interviews with Sandburg’s family.
Other interviews include Pete Seeger, the late Studs Terkel, Norman Corwin, poets including Ted Kooser, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and slam poetry founder Marc Kelly Smith. Grammy-winning musician Dan Zanes, Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven and many more notable scholars are also featured.
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Bonesteel Donates Video Interviews to Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Paul Bonesteel has donated the documentary’s video interviews to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, where they will be housed housed for perpetuity in the Museum Preservation Center located at the site. They will be available to researchers and park staff as a resource for further understanding and appreciation of Carl Sandburg’s contributions to the American public, according to Connie Backlund, park superintendent.