The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced it will co-host a tribute to the late Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter”) at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, October 4 at 10am. The event, co-hosted by the Maysles family, will coincide with the 53rd New York Film Festival and will include special in-person appearances and a selection of clips to celebrate the work of the iconic documentarian. All tickets will be free to the public.
“Al Maysles’s touch with the camera is as distinctive as Richter’s on the piano or Miles Davis’s with his horn,” said New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones. “And his sensitivity to human energies is inseparable from his fierce love for the people he filmed—all those faces over all those years…It was always great to see Al, to hang out with him. He was modest, thoughtful, and unfailingly generous, to young people in particular. In fact, he was so unassuming that it comes as a shock, still, to realize that he and his brother David were two of the people who actually opened up and expanded the art of cinema.”
Maysles passed away in March of this year. One of his final films,”Iris,” opened in April to critical acclaim. Free tickets to the Film Society’s tribute will be distributed in the lobby of Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the event.