Albert Maysles

DokuFest is pleased to announce a Tribute program to legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles at the upcoming edition of the festival. Maysles, who died earlier this year, aged 88, comes from a long line of documentary seekers of truth and was himself an inspiration for many who followed.

The program includes screening of six of his films: What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA – a  humorous, freewheeling and candid account of The Beatles arrival in America in February 1964; Gimme Shelter – the landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969; Grey Gardens - the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Concert of the Wills: Making the Getty Center which chronicles the conception, construction and completion of the Getty Center; In Transit – a journey aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route, into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers; and Iris – a portrait of a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. In Transit also screens as part of International Documentary competition of the festival.

“Curious and generous, a teacher and mentor, a filmmaker that revolutionized non-fiction storytelling and inspired generations of filmmakers.” says our Artistic Director, Veton Nurkollari.

Albert Maysles is one of the crucial artists of modern documentary filmmaking. Together with his brother David they are recognized as pioneers of “direct cinema,” the distinctly American version of French “cinema verité.” They earned their distinguished reputations by being the first to make non-fiction feature films – films in which the drama of human life unfolds as is, without scripts, sets, or narration.


The full slate of films for the festival will be announced on July 18th on our website.

Photo credit: Chris Hegedus