The 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens” will receive the second annual Legacy Award from the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Co-directors Albert Maysles, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke will receive the award at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image January 18. A taped broadcast of the event will air on the Documentary Channel January 30.
“‘Grey Gardens’ stands as a testament to the collaborative nature of filmmaking,” said Cinema Eye Honors co-chair AJ Schnack. “It endures not only on the basis of great characters and superb storytelling, but also on the creative choices of its makers, including the decision, somewhat risky at the time, to include the subjects’ interactions with Al and David Maysles in the film itself.”
Last year’s award went to another highly influential American documentary, Ross McElwee’s “Sherman March.”
“There are some things about ‘Grey Gardens’ that I think every documentary filmmaker would hope for — the fulfilling collaboration between producers, cinematographer, sound-person, editors, and subjects all being so pleased with the film,” said Maysles in a statement. “When Mrs. Beale saw the film she said, ‘This is something everyone should do. There’s nothing more to say; it’s all in the film.’ We all aim for that kind of happiness. Just as Big Edie and Little Edie so appreciated ‘Grey Gardens,’ we too appreciate the film being honored with this year’s Legacy Award 2011 from Cinema Eye. It means a lot to all of us.”