Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles died Thursday night after a 60-year long career that deeply affected the conversations around nonfiction filmmaking, conversations about truth, accuracy, bias and exploitation. Here are clips from seven films that define his unflinching style.
Albert Maysles, the award-winning documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer a new set of documentary conventions, died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. Maysles, who made films with his brother David, is best known for his for his cinema verite documentaries “Grey Gardens,” Gimme Shelter” and “Salesman.” Continue reading
For Aaron Swartz, the teen tech prodigy who became a leader in the fight against regulation and privatization of information on the internet, social activism wasn’t a choice, but a calling. Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger characterizes Swartz’s mission this way: “If you can do something good in the world, what’s your argument for not doing that? … That’s something that seems clear through most of his life and its something he asked himself a lot.”
Some of the world’s best young opera singers hail from the impoverished black townships of South Africa. Three of those singers are now in the United States to perform at the American Documentary Film Festival, where a documentary about their lives called “I Live to Sing” is being shown. The film’s director, Julie Coehn, tells the story of one of the singers: Thesele Kemane. Continue reading
When Greg Whiteley first heard about a meeting with the Romney family to discuss whether he should run for president in 2008, he thought it sounded like the beginning of a great documentary. Little did he know that he would end up with “MITT,” a Netflix original documentary that provides an intimate look at Mitt Romney and his family over the course of two presidential campaigns. Continue reading