Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival
May 8 –14, 2015

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Friday, May 8

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Salesman

Salesman follows four door-to-door Bible salesmen as they walk the line between hype and despair, revealing the operating costs of the American Dream. Today Salesman is considered ‘the Direct Cinema classic’. 1968, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. Trailer

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Meet Marlon Brando

Meet Marlon Brando is a delightful, unusually candid portrait of the world-famous movie star: A tongue-in-cheek confrontation with the press. 1965, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, with Rembrance videos. Trailer

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
6:00pm Skype conversation with three-time Academy Award-winner, Haskell Wexler, and legendary Direct Cinema pioneer, D.A. Pennebaker.
7:00pm Salesman – 8:45pm Meet Marlon Brando Tickets
9:30pm Salesman – 11:15pm Meet Marlon Brando Tickets

Saturday, May 9

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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter is the landmark documentary about the Rolling Stones U.S. tour of 1969 that ended tragically at the ill-fated free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Trailer

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Running Fence

A celebration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s vision; first a four-year struggle, then 24 1/2 miles of white nylon fabric, rising from the Pacific and stretching like a white sail across California. (with Stephen Lighthill, cinematographer on both films and Joan Churchill, cinematographer on Gimme Shelter, in person after the 3:30 & 7:00 and before the 10:00) Trailer

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Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! is a rarely-seen chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969. Albert Maysles has put together never-before seen archive footage that shows the band at its height, wowing New York audiences. “27 minutes of pure pleasure. An intoxicating snapshot..” NY Times. 2009, directed by Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan and Ian Marciewicz Trailer

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
12:30pm Gimme Shelter – 2:00pm Running Fence Tickets
3:30pm Gimme Shelter – 5:45pm Running Fence Tickets
7:00pm Gimme Shelter – 9:15pm Running Fence – 10:30pm Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! Tickets

Guest filmmakers, Stephen Lighthill and Joan Churchill after 3:30 (5:00), and after the 7:00 (8:30)

Sunday, May 10

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The Gates

The last of six Maysles documentaries on Christo’s grand-scale art projects, 20 years in the making, in Central Park . 2007, a film by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Matthew Prinzing, Stephen Lighthill introduces the 2:00. Jon Else conducts Q and A after the 2:00 (at 3:40) and introduces the 5:00 and conducts Q and A after the 5:00 (at 6:30) Trailer

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Christo’s Valley Curtain

Nominated for an Academy Award, Valley Curtain celebrates the Bulgarian-born artist’s dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains. 1973, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ellen Hovde. Trailer

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
2:00pm The Gates – 4:00pm Christo’s Valley Curtain Tickets
5:00pm The Gates – 6:45pm Christo’s Valley Curtain Tickets
8:00pm The Gates – 9:30pm Christo’s Valley Curtain Tickets

Jon Else, after 2:00 (3:40), after 5:00 (6:40)

Monday, May 11

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The Love We Make

Directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, The Love We Make follows Paul McCartney through the streets of New York City in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as he organizes an all-star benefit concert, The Concert for New York City. The film features performances from the concert itself, with unparalleled access backstage to McCartney and such luminaries as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Pete Townshend, and many more. Trailer

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Orson Welles – Spain

Orson Welles pitches to potential investors his vision of a largely improvised bullfighter movie about an existential, James Dean-type, troubadour who sets himself apart from other matadors. In front of an audience of wealthy arts patrons, Welles pontificates on the state of cinema, the filmmaking process and the art of bullfighting. 1966, directed by Albert and David Maysles. Trailer

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Anastasia

An early Maysles Bros. “work for hire” for the NBC network news program Update.
Produced at the height of the Cold War by acclaimed screenwriter Bo Goldman, the subject is one Anastasia Stevens, an American dancer in the Bolshoi Ballet. 1962, directed by Albert and David Maysles

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
7:00pm The Love We Make – 8:40pm Orson Welles – Spain – 8:50pm Anastasia Tickets
9:15pm The Love We Make – 10:55pm Orson Welles – Spain – 11:05pm Anastasia Tickets

Tuesday, May 12

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Islands

For two brief weeks in May of 1983, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands blossomed on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven scrub-pine islands were surrounded by 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric. A three-year struggle, a work of art; a political drama interwoven with two other projects-in-progress; the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin. 1986, a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. Trailer

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Umbrellas

Umbrellas takes a poignant, in-depth look at the concept and realization of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project, Umbrellas: a Joint Project for Japan and the U.S.A. It presents the artist at his most triumphant and most vulnerable moments – from the exaltation of the project’s opening day through unexpected tragedies at the end. 1994, a film by Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren, Albert Maysles. Trailer

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
6:30pm Islands – 7:30pm Umbrellas Tickets
9:00pm Islands – 10:00pm Umbrellas Tickets

Wednesday, May 13

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Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton

A film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles, LaLee’s Kin takes us deep into the Mississippi Delta and the intertwined lives of LaLee Wallace, a great-grandmother struggling to hold her world together in the face of dire poverty, and Reggie Barnes, superintendent of the embattled West Tallahatchie School System. The film explores the painful legacy of slavery and sharecropping in the Delta. 88 mins. HBO Nominated for an Academy Award. Trailer

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The Met in Japan

A visit to Japan by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo sing Mozart, Offenbach and Verdi, conducted by Maestros Levine and Rudel. 1989, a film by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles.

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
6:15 Skype conversation with Susan Froemke, long-time co-director with Albert Maysles.
7:00pm Lalee’s Kin – 8:30pm The Met in Japan Tickets
9:15pm Lalee’s Kin – 10:45pm The Met in Japan Tickets

Thursday, May 14

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Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own in a decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as “Grey Gardens,” a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. The incident made national headlines — American royalty, living in squalor! A cult classic, made into a Broadway musical and an HBO movie. 1976, a film by David and Albert Maysles, Elen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke. Trailer

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Horowitz Plays Mozart

In March 1987, pianist Vladimir Horowitz embarked on an extraordinary project. For the first time in 35 years, he agreed to record with a symphony orchestra in a studio. The film includes a complete performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 in A Major as well as cinema verité scenes of Horowitz preparing for recording, reviewing the tapes with the conductor, talking with his wife, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, and giving an impromptu press conference for a group of visiting European critics. 1987, a film by Albert and David Maysles, Susan Froemke, Charlotte Zwerin. Trailer

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Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! is a rarely-seen chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969. Albert Maysles has put together never-before seen archive footage that shows the band at its height, wowing New York audiences. “27 minutes of pure pleasure. An intoxicating snapshot..” NY Times. 2009, directed by Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan and Ian Marciewicz Trailer

Note: Double Features – 1 ticket is good for 2 films.
7:00pm Grey Gardens – 8:40pm Horowitz Plays Mozart – 9:30pm Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! Tickets