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Grey Gardens: the editing


The importance of a good editor
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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I learned long ago, especially when I worked with my fellow filmmakers on "Primary" that my contribution is in getting access to people, coming up with story ideas along with my brother, but primarily as the person behind the camera. I tried my hand at editing and I just- I'm of such a makeup that with each moment of editing I just can't make up my mind, and I'll come up with one idea then go to another and it becomes an endless procedure that never acts to complete anything. So I've never edited after that and I've relied on people who are extremely successful at that and I've been so pleased that people like Charlotte Zwerin have worked with us.

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: Primary, Charlotte Zwerin

Duration: 1 minute, 18 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008