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Thoughts on art and my parents


Albert Maysles Film-maker
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I think the, the biggest influence was that opportunity that I had to, to get to know how to do it, when I met up with Bob Drew and Pennebaker and Leacock and we made this film called "Primary". I had the tools for it, the philosophy which was already very consistent with my own outlook on life. But meeting them I had the opportunity to really do it and to, to then go on to build my own camera, and with my brother and myself, to do exactly the kind of films we wanted to do. So it's been a very happy life professionally.

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 Tamara Tracz Rebekah Maysles

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.

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.

Tags: Primary, Bob Drew, David Maysles, D A Pennebaker, Richard Leacock

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010