Maysles Comes to Town


September 1/07, Halifax, N.S. – New York based documentarian, Albert Maysles, will be the next visiting artist at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) September 16-18, 2007. The highlight of his visit is a four-hour master class, taking place at the Delta Halifax Hotel on Monday, September 17 from 1pm to 5pm. The cost is $95 plus tax and space is limited.

“It is a rare opportunity to have such a prestigious figure in the world of cinema grace our city” says Walter Forsyth, Executive Director of AFCOOP. Universally recognized as one of the most important documentary filmmakers of all time, Albert (along with his brother David) pioneered “Direct Cinema” sparking a revolution in documentary filmmaking throughout the 60s and 70s and greatly influencing the filmmakers that have followed. The Maysles created three of the classics of non-fiction feature film, Gimme Shelter, Salesman and Grey Gardens.

Albert’s’ impressive career has included thirty-six films, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Peabody, an Emmy, five Lifetime Achievement Awards, the award for best cinematography at Sundance and the Columbia Dupont Award. In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the 100 world’s finest cinematographers. Jean-Luc Godard called him the greatest American cinematographer of all time.

Albert is known for his humanism, and his ability to transform the personal into the universal. He states. “My films stick firmly to the belief that the lives of individuals can be transformed into works of art that can help us better understand one another.”

Besides the master class, Mr. Maysles will participate in the following events:
– Sunday, Sept. 16, the Documentary Organization of Canada will host a party in his honour at Common Ground Studios, 9pm-12:30am. $10 or free to AFF delegates.
– The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) will host an intimate breakfast on Monday, Sept.17, 9am-10:30am. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the AFF.
– Monday, Sept. 17th there is a screening of Gimme Shelter at the Atlantic Film Festival, 7:10pm at Empire Park Lane Cinemas. A question and answer period will follow. Tickets can be purchased at the Atlantic Film Festival box office.


For press inquiries or more information, please contact Erin Oakes at 420-4572 or AFCOOP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, the New Brunswick Filmmakers Cooperative, the Centre for Art Tapes, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, the Island Media Arts Cooperative, the Documentary Organization of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, CBC Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


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