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Albert Maysles, "The Dean of Documentary Filmmaking" (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens)

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Wednesday 11/5
7:00 pm
$10 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
$5 IHP Members (for 7pm talk only)
$7 IHP Members (includes 6pm reception)

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Moderated by Anthony Smyrski of Random Embassy and Megawords

Join us to welcome Albert Maysles, acknowledged by the New York Times in May 2002 as “the dean of documentary filmmaking” and one of the early creators of “direct cinema” along with his brother, David Maysles. They were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera – without scripts, sets, or narration.  Mayles’ films such as Salesman (which is listed in the Library of Congress as one of America’s 25 most important films), Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Running Fence are widely considered classics of the documentary. His film subjects have included such luminaries as The Beatles, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Vladimir Horowitz, and Muhammad Ali.


This past July, Maysles was awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts by President Obama, who remarked: “The 2013 National Medal of Arts [goes] to Albert Maysles for rethinking and remaking documentary film in America. One of the pioneers of direct cinema, he has offered authentic depictions of people and communities across the globe for nearly 60 years. By capturing raw emotions and representations, his work reflects the unfiltered truths of our shared humanity.”

Join us on Wednesday, November 5th as Mr. Maysles discusses his work and career, in particular how people, communities, and cultures have influenced his process and art he documents.  IHP members have the option of attending an intimate, members-only meet and greet reception with Mr. Maysles at 6:00pm prior to his talk. Complimentary light hors-d'oeuvres and wine will be served. If you're not a member yet, you can become one now with just a few clicks!

“As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality. It is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences—all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery. And the closer I adhere to reality the more honest and authentic my tales. After all, knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and therefore possibly to love one another. It’s my way of making the world a better place.”  - Albert Maysles, MayslesFilms.com