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Albert Maysles - Documentary Filmmaker
Posted: 08/28/2006

Albert Maysles

What do you do:
Documentary Filmmaker

Where do you work:
Maysles Films, New York City, New York, and wherever a project takes him

When did you realize you wanted to be a documentary filmmaker:
Many years later I met up with several other filmmakers and we had new equipment that allowed us to really film behind the scenes with sync sound, a mobile camera, and so forth. Then I knew for sure that’s what my life would be.  

Why work in documentaries:
They perform a very important service of getting to know one another. People that you would never otherwise know become familiar to you. By entering into their lives the camera can transpose us from our own little way of thinking to what’s going on in the rest of the world.  

How would you advise others:
Have an idea that you are fascinated with. What often times turns out to be the best idea is something that at some point your realize is very personal. The person that you’ve chosen to film is like somebody in your family who you’d like to know better…