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Helping other filmmakers


With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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We made four films of filmmakers making their films: Scorsese, Robert Duvall, Wes Anderson, Jane Campion. Took us to all parts of the world; Jane Campion- Australia. Scorsese- Cinecittà in Rome. And Robert Duvall- Argentina. And Wes Anderson- well, it was just New York City. But that's okay because now we're making another film about him making a film in Rome, so we're back to Rome again. It is true and very satisfying that this kind of work involves a good deal of travelling; places like North Korea I never would have gone to if it hadn't been for my filmmaking. China, all- many parts of Africa, South America. I want to go back to Brazil as soon as I can. England, Ireland, all over Western Europe, most of Eastern Europe- certainly Russia several times.

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: Australia, Rome, Argentina, New York, North Korea, China, Africa, South America, Brazil, England, Ireland, Europe, Russia, Martin Scorsese, Robert Duvall, Wes Anderson, Jane Campion

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010