Al Maysles heads to Doc/Fest

Acclaimed octogenarian filmmaker Albert Maysles (pictured), best known for verite masterpieces Grey Gardens and Salesman, is to host a masterclass and retrospective of his work at Sheffield Doc/Fest this summer.
May 6, 2011

Acclaimed octogenarian filmmaker Albert Maysles (pictured) is to host a masterclass and retrospective of his work at Sheffield Doc/Fest this summer.

The UK festival will host an outdoor screening of 1975 masterpiece Grey Gardens, the documentary looking at the lives of eccentric socialites ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale, which Maysles shot with his late brother David.

Some of the Maysles’ other best-known titles will also play at the fest, including 1970 Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter and 1969 vérité effort Salesman.

Heather Croall, festival director for Sheffield Doc/Fest, told realscreen: “I am delighted to have the filmmaker I wrote essays about 20 years ago at university – a man who proved hugely influential in my decision to get into documentary in the first place – come to this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time.”

She added that in addition to the screenings, 84-year-old Maysles will host a masterclass at the festival during the evening of June 11.

Maysles joins a line-up that includes filmmakers such as Steve James (The Interrupters), Morgan Spurlock (POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold), Nick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney) and Adam Curtis (All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace), as previously reported.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.