American Masters – Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

American Masters – Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Amy Tan

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Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of “The Joy Luck Club” in this intimate portrait.

Writer Amy Tan’s hit debut novel, “The Joy Luck Club” (1989), catapulted her to commercial and critical success, spending over 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. With the 1993 blockbuster film adaption that followed, which was selected for the National Film Registry in 2020, as well as additional bestselling novels, librettos, short stories and memoirs, Tan firmly established herself as one of the most prominent and respected literary voices working today. American Masters — Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking author that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation, and original interviews to tell the inspiring story of Tan’s life and career. American Masters — Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir airs Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The last completed film from director James Redford (1962-2020), American Masters — Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir features new interviews with Tan; fellow writers Kevin Kwan, Isabel Allende, Dave Barry, and Ronald Bass; actors from “The Joy Luck Club” including Lisa Lu, Rosalind Chao, Tamlyn Tomita, and Kieu Chinh; friends and family. Tan opens up to Redford with remarkable frankness about traumas she’s faced in her life and how her writing has helped her heal. The film traces her meteoric rise from the point when she picked up fiction writing as a mental break from her heavy freelance business writing schedule and was offered three book deals after completing only three short stories.