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Examples of audiovisual poetry


New forms of documentary: parallels in literature and music
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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One thing that excites me, the possibility of creating new forms of documentary. Especially if one thinks of literature and parallels to literature that could be documentary. The, the non fiction novel- the parallel to that would be the non fiction feature film; the documentary which is a feature film- something that hadn't come about, I think, until "Salesman". And I want to make more films that are documentary features. But then if you think about the train film, which is really a collection of short stories, it's like the literary equivalent. A collection of short stories usually by one author, sometimes a collection of various people but usually by one author, and, and that's what the train film is. Well, if you think of parallels for music, for example, where you have in music a tone poem, right? Well, maybe some sustained filming that's- that's a documentary scene that goes on and on, that doesn't have any beginning or middle and end. Too many people making a documentary film figure- well, if it doesn't have a conflict, if it doesn't have a beginning, a middle and end then, you know, who's going to watch it for, for any length of time. But I think there may be scenes that we've neglected to put into film that correspond to the music- to the tone poem.

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

Duration: 1 minute, 50 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010