Albert Maysles

Documentary Filmmaker

Bio

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.

Albert Maysles, along with his brother David, was the first to make nonfiction feature films where the drama of life unfolds as is without scripts, sets, interviews, or narration, as seen in such documentary classics as Gimme Shelter, Salesman, and Grey Gardens. Among his 36 films are What's Happening?, The Beatles in the USA, six films on the projects is Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Meet Marlon Brando, and three documentaries for HBO. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Peabody, an Emmy, and five Lifetime Achievement Awards. He also won the  Sundance Film Festival's Cinematography Award for Documentaries for Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton, which was also nominated in for an Academy Award and received the DuPont Columbia Gold Baton Award. In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the 100 world's finest cinematographers.

Albert Maysles receiving the National Medal of Arts from Barack Obama

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles in a White House ceremony on July 28, 2014. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino.
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