Maysles Wrapped in Praise at SILVERDOCS

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Environmental artists and six-time Maysles film subjects Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and SILVERDOCS Artistic Director Sky Sitney gave moving tributes to Albert Maysles and his body of work at last night’s Guggenheim Symposium, before a terrific reel of Al’s body of work produced by SILVERDOCS’ Founding Director Nina Gilden-Seavey.  Before the reel Barbara asked the audience to stand up if they had been mentored or deeply moved or influenced by Al’s work leading to a standing ovation. After the reel, Entertainment Weekly‘s Lisa Schwarzbaum probed about Al’s work and method, but no one recovered from the awwwww moment once he regaled the audience with the story of his father never taking a belt to him, and the one time he did when he was 8 or 10, walking by the bedroom and seeing his father weeping for having done it.  Portrait of a Filmmaker as a Young Artist, my friends.  Pics from the night:

 

 

 

Al and Barbara, together again

Al and Barbara, together again

We are Family

We are Family

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

How can you not Love this man?!

How can you not Love this man?!

Our hero

Our hero

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2 responses to “Maysles Wrapped in Praise at SILVERDOCS

  1. I saw both Maysles collections, starting with the mental hospital in Russia and including the inteview with Marlon Brando, which were both eye opening. What he and his brother were able to accomplish with the equipment and guts they carried with them is an inspiration. You don’t need expensive equipment and gobs of money to make a moving and educational doc.

  2. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were just featured WETA’s documentary on the Vogel’s. It was a very intersting look at the art of collecting “minimalist” art as a passion, on ” abudget” .

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