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Filming in Turkey and swimming the Hellespont


Deciding to work with David Maysles
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Okay, so I made this- I made this film on my own, "Psychiatry in Russia", edited it, all that stuff, which was my basic training. And then the experience in helping to make "Primary". And then a year or so later, having made this film in Cuba with these same people, having also helped out in a film that was made about the race driver, Eddie Sachs, and perhaps several other projects, I decided at that time that it would be best that I go out on my own with my brother, David. And so we made a film called "Showman".

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Sara Maysles Rebekah Maysles Tamara Tracz

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Psychiatry in Russia, Primary, Cuba, Showman, Eddie Sachs, David Maysles

Duration: 55 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008