March is Women’s History Month, and we have a great lineup of special programs showcasing the lives and contributions of great women. Please check out our new CPTV Original documentary, Women’s Work: Stories Behind the Movement.
Holly Near: American Masters (NEW)
Friday, March 1 at 10 p.m. on CPTV
An outspoken political activist and singer-songwriter, Holly Near’s music and life story illustrate how song can have the power to send a clarion call and influence the course of social justice. This film features new interviews with Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Kevin Bacon, and more.
Great Performances – Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (NEW)
Saturday, March 9 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
Encores Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
World-renowned artists gather to celebrate the 75th birthday of nine-time Grammy Award winner Joni Mitchell. The all-star lineup features Brandi Carlile; Glen Hansard; Emmylou Harris; Norah Jones; Chaka Khan; Diana Krall; Kris Kristofferson; Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores; Graham Nash; Seal; James Taylor; and Rufus Wainwright.
Carole King: American Masters
Friday, March 15 at 10 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree, and the first woman to be awarded The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Now, King tells her own story in this documentary that weaves previously unseen and rare performances and home movies with a new, exclusive interview with King.
A Tale of Two Sisters
“Amelia & Muriel Earhart,” Monday, March 18 at 10 p.m. on CPTV
“Jackie Onassis & Lee Radziwill,” Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
The biographical documentary series A Tale of Two Sisters examines the lives of famous women and their lesser-known siblings. On March 18, explore the bond between Amelia Earhart and her sister Muriel, her greatest champion and support system. Then on March 23, the series follows Jackie Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwell, analyzing the ways they were bound together by love, resentment, and tragedy.
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES FROM CONNECTICUT PUBLIC:
Women’s Work: Stories Behind the Movement (NEW)
Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Meet Connecticut women who use their voices and talents to inspire others and make change. Follow the stories of women who share a common desire to be part of a collective effort – serving as leaders, trailblazers, artists, educators, advocates, and entrepreneurs. Six short films will also be released weekly online in which we get to know the subjects of the series more deeply, and hear what – and who – inspires their lives’ work. See them at CPTV.org/womenswork, and ADD YOUR STORIES. Use #RAISEHERUP to honor a sister, friend, mentor, mother or any woman who has made an impact on YOUR life.
Hedy Lamarr: American Masters
Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (Ziegfeld Girl, Samson and Delilah) was known as the world’s most beautiful woman. However, her arresting appearance and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication. This documentary explores how Lamarr’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer.
Harper Lee: American Masters
Friday, March 22 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
Explore the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. This documentary examines social changes the novel inspired, while interviewees reflect on the book’s power, influence, and popularity.
Rebecca (Parts 1 & 2)
Saturday, March 23 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
When Maxim de Winter (Charles Dance of Game of Thrones and The Jewel in the Crown) proposes to a young woman (Emilia Fox of The Pianist and Pride & Prejudice), no one is more surprised than the circle of society friends who learn the news, especially as his new wife is the opposite of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who mysteriously died in a drowning accident. Diana Rigg co-stars as Mrs. Danvers in this lush adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic tale of romance, suspense, and jealousy. See both parts back-to-back!
We’ll Meet Again – The Fight For Women’s Rights
Sunday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. on CPTV
Join host Ann Curry as two women search for friends and colleagues who forged a path for equal rights. One of the first female commercial pilots wants to thank her mentor, and an advocate hopes to find the woman who inspired her to join a movement.
Women, War & Peace, A Four-Part Series (NEW)
Monday & Tuesday, March 25 & 26, 9-11 p.m. on CPTV
Discover how some of the biggest recent international events have been shaped by women. These four female-directed films share never-before-told stories of women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.
Anne Morgan’s War
Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
From 1917 to 1924, a team of approximately 350 American women, appalled by news of wartime destruction, left comfortable lives at home to volunteer in the devastated regions of France. Anne Morgan’s War chronicles how American heiress Anne Morgan worked to help rebuild Picardy, a region in northern France. The film demonstrates one of the early instances of volunteer humanitarian aid in rebuilding after a disastrous war — in an effort completely managed by women.
Behind the Pearl Earrings: The Story of Dickey Chapelle
Wednesday, March 27 at 9 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
This compelling documentary explores Dickey Chapelle’s storytelling and her intriguing journey as a combat journalist, which paved the way for other female war correspondents. She defied the odds and told the story her way.
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece
Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m. on CPTV SPIRIT
Against all odds, the Bronte sisters wrote romantic novels in a male-dominated 19th-century world. This drama stars Finn Atkins (Eden Lake) as Charlotte Bronte, who shocked society with her edgy epic, Jane Eyre; Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) as Emily Bronte, author of the darkly gothic Wuthering Heights; and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) as Anne Bronte, whose penned the true-to-life love story The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
The Public Television Feature Film Collection – Jane Eyre (NEW)
Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Charlotte Bronte’s gothic heroine (Joan Fontaine) falls in love with her moody employer (Orson Welles), who keeps a dark secret hidden from her.
Penny: Champion of the Marginalized (NEW)
Sunday, March 31 at 10 a.m. on CPTV
Penny: Champion of the Marginalized is a multi-dimensional portrait of Penny Cooper, a celebrated criminal defense attorney, art collector, supporter of female artists, and protector of the underdog. Cooper’s life brims with stories mirroring the profound changes in our country from the 1940s to the present.
“Women's Work” features the stories of Connecticut women serving as leaders, trailblazers, artists, educators, advocates and entrepreneurs. Watch the original TV documentary. Six additional short films will be released weekly - watch them here.