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March 6, 2015

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Passes Away at 88

Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles passed away yesterday at 88 years old. Maysles was well known for creating documentaries Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens.

Maysles worked with THIRTEEN numerous times. Most recently, Maysles was involved in the BYKids Initiative, where he mentored 17 year-old Faiza Almontaser as she produced a short, first-person documentary about globally relevant issues.

albert-mayslesHe was also interviewed for Pioneers of THIRTEEN in September 2012. “I decided to produce documentaries with THIRTEEN because it allowed me to express myself and put forth my individualism…THIRTEEN gives you what you don’t get elsewhere,” said Maysles.

Last summer, WNET worked with Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem (founded by Albert Maysles) commissioned their students to produce two first-person video profiles as a part of the Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty and opportunity in America. He also pitched a film idea to WNET Executive Producer, Documentaries & Development, Julie Anderson a few months ago about a school in Newark.

He was an Executive Producer on American Masters — James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket and a Producer on USA: The Novels: With Love from Truman. He was interviewed for American Masters — Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light and was a photographer for Confronted.

Maysles also appeared in or was a part of the following productions which aired on WNET: Four Seasons Lodge; Grateful Dead Movie; Ilona, Upstairs; Independent Lens: Grey Gardens; Independent Views; NOW with Bill Moyers; Reel New York; Television in America: An Autobiography and Theater Talk.

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