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Phillip and Rebekah: the story of the infant shoes


Salesman and Grey Gardens: getting the films shown
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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I could go on in some great detail about my misfortune- and that of so many documentary filmmakers misfortune- of having such a difficult time getting one's film shown on television. In the case of "Salesman", which I'll talk about, it took over 30 years before we finally got it on PBS; 25 years before "Grey Gardens" could get shown on the Sundance Channel. But in one way or another we were able to get both films shown in movie theatres, first at our own expense and then being able to show them at a number of art houses.

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: Salesman, Grey Gardens, PBS

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008