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The advantages of working with video cameras


Filming Christo projects: New York City
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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So there're all kinds of little stories that, that we'll pick up. We, we hope to have at least a half a dozen film, film cameras operated by people that we've known over the years who do work the way we do. I can easily see a little partnership of, of two very young kids. Just what they're going to say I don't have any control of, or, or would I want to. But, but I expect to discover them talking about something which in some way will add to our understanding of the human connection with the gateways: older people; people of different race. You know, New York City has so many different kinds of, of people and we want to catch that diversity. Of course the, the gates are such a fitting compliment to the park but also a fitting compliment to New York City which is a kind of a gateway to America for so many immigrants for so many years, and somehow we're going to capture that kind of theme by, by finding human events that give us a development of that notion. So that's something to be worked out and to discover, and I'm excited by that prospect too.

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: Tamara Tracz Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

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.

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.

Tags: New York, USA

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008