Be the Media! “Direct Cinema" Master Class with Albert Maysles

Date(s) - Saturday 03/29/2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The fee for this workshop is $40. **Regular Sanctuary volunteers may take the workshop free of charge.

For more information, or to find out about scholarship opportunities, e-mail [email protected] or call (518) 272-2390

“Direct Cinema” Master Class with Albert Maysles — $40
In this 2-hour workshop, “the dean of documentary filmmakers” Albert Maysles will offer an intensive course on “Direct Cinema.”  Albert will focus on:
  • how to have an observational approach to filmmaking
  • how to select a subject
  • do interviews
  • not have the camera appear as a barrier

Albert will screen short clips from the new film The Art of Observing Life, USA/Russia, 2013.  The film features Albert and other pioneers of direct cinema talking about their craft. Special thanks to Distributor Cinema Guild, for granting permission to show the clips. 

Feel free to bring your camera! (not necessary)
More about Albert Maysles
In the history of documentary filmmaking, few names are bigger than Albert Maysles. Between 1968 and 1976, he and his brother, David, made three of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of all time: Salesman (1968), about four door-to-door salesmen selling expensive Bibles to low income families in New England and Florida, Gimme Shelter (1970), the dazzling portrait of Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones on their American tour, which culminated with a killing at the notorious concert at Altamont, and Grey Gardens (1976), capturing the haunting relationship of the Beales, a mother and daughter living a life of seclusion in a decaying East Hamptons mansion.

Since then, Maysles has remained as active in the world of filmmaking as ever, helming new films well into his 80s.
From 7-9 following the workshop, Albert Maysles will be presenting a retrospective on his life and work, going in depth to discuss his nearly 50 year career.
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