‘American Masters: Creative Spark’ podcast illuminates creative processes

‘American Masters: Creative Spark’ podcast illuminates creative processes
M. Night Shyamalan on the set of "Old." Photo Credit: Phobymo/Universal Pictures.

The “American Masters: Creative Spark” podcast is back with a new slate of narrative interviews with artists and cultural icons. The season taps into creative processes by taking a close look at the development of a single work, unpacked in the artist’s own words.

The weekly podcast, hosted by “American Masters” Digital Lead Joe Skinner, launched Oct. 7 with an episode featuring Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, who delves into the process of making his controversial 2018 film “American Dharma.” The episode chronicles both how the documentarian arrived on creating a movie centered on Trump White House political strategist and former executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon and the critical response the film met after its premiere.

Future guests on the podcast — available for free on platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher, among others — will include Pulitzer-winning poet Jericho Brown, Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael R. Jackson, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, animator Don Hertzfeldt, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and more.

“Whether it is Morris explaining the thinking behind a controversial film, Okatsuka sharing what makes a joke land or Brown examining the rhythm of a prize-winning poem, every episode of this season of ‘American Masters: Creative Spark’ will offer a unique window into the world of art and the creative process,” “American Masters” explained in a press release. “Imagine if ‘Song Exploder’ moved beyond music, or if ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ added playwrights, poets and stand-up comedians to its rotation.”

More information about “Creative Spark” can be found on the “American Masters” website.

Top Image: M. Night Shyamalan on the set of "Old." Photo Credit: Phobymo/Universal Pictures.