RIP Albert Maysles

al mayslesThe film world lost an absolute giant last night when documentarian Albert Maysles passed away at the age of 88. Maysles started making films back in 1955 with the short film Psychiatry in Russia. He frequently collaborated with his brother David and together they created some of the most iconic documentaries of all-time, among them Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens and the seminal Salesman. A fair amount of his work was dedicated to covering music, film and art, most notably his series of films on artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Albert Maysles was an American treasure and I am considerably thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him and see him introduce Gimme Shelter at the Indiana University Cinema a couple of years ago, an experience I won’t soon forget.

Rest in peace, Al. Your films gave us a up close and personal look at the human condition in its rawest sense.

Here’s Al‘s TEDx talk on The Gift of Documentary:

DOC NYC: November 13-20 – ‘Citizen FOUR’ – ‘Banksy Does New York’ – ‘Do I Sound Gay?’ – ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ – Newly Restored ‘Hoop Dreams’

Tickets for all screenings are on sale now. Advance tickets for all DOC NYC films and events are available online at or in-person at the IFC Center box office, 323 Sixth Ave. (at West 3rd St.). Day-of tickets are available at the respective screening venues.
Ticket prices: Opening night screening of Do I Sound Gay? – $30. Closing Night screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting – $25. Regular screenings – $17 adults, $15 seniors/children, $14 IFC Center members. Doc-A-Thon Panels and Masterclasses – $12 adults, $10 seniors, $9 IFC Center members and students. Read More →

Jeremy’s Review: Documentary ‘Born to Fly’ About Dancer/Choreographer Elizabeth Streb Reaches Great Heights

born to fly posterI will admit that I am largely ignorant of dance and its history. Sure I can name George Balanchine, Bob Fosse and Bill T. Jones, but that’s because of the trivia buff in me. So going into Catherine Gund‘s Born to Fly, I had no idea who Elizabeth Streb is or anything about her aesthetic. Needless to say, this incredibly engaging documentary changed all of that. Read More →