Docs

Here’s Looking at You

When Albert Maysles pitched his idea for a documentary self-portrait titled Hand-Held and from the Heart at the co-financing Forum in Amsterdam last November, the commissioning editors perched at the pitch table, like so many doc devotees around the world, were eager to surrender their cash for the chance to screen his film. Moderator Jess Search, formerly of the u.k.'s Channel 4, even promised to put in a good word with C4 doc boss Peter Dale provided the dean of docs (as Maysles was once dubbed by
April 1, 2005

When Albert Maysles pitched his idea for a documentary self-portrait titled Hand-Held and from the Heart at the co-financing Forum in Amsterdam last November, the commissioning editors perched at the pitch table, like so many doc devotees around the world, were eager to surrender their cash for the chance to screen his film. Moderator Jess Search, formerly of the U.K.’s Channel 4, even promised to put in a good word with C4 doc boss Peter Dale provided the dean of docs (as Maysles was once dubbed by The New York Times) revealed where he buys his trademark eyeglasses. ‘If you do that,’ Maysles quipped back, ‘you can have my spare pair.’ Two weeks later, the glasses arrived in the mail, and Search has been snapping pics of people in the familiar black specs ever since.

Hand-Held celebrates Maysles’ 50 years as a filmmaker – from Psychiatry in Russia, his 1955 film that led him away from a career in psychology, through Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Lalee’s Kin and up to his present-day projects. To celebrate the anniversary, RealScreen and Search reveal the transformational powers of his frames. We can see clearly now, Mr. Maysles – thanks for sharing your vision.

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click here to download the Back Page in PDF form.
And to see where the specs show up next, visit www.albertmayslesglasses.com

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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