Films

Albert Maysles Tribute

In honor of the iconic filmmaker Albert Maysles, who participated in the festival numerous times and who died on March 5, 2015, this year’s retrospective screening features three of the many projects he worked on over his long career.

Moth at the Mead Festival Untold Story: Documentary Filmmakers on the One That Got Away | 1999 | 10 mins
Maysles tells five mini-stories, including a behind-the-scenes retelling of the making of Orson Welles in Spain.

Orson Welles in Spain | 1963 | 10 mins
Orson Welles pitches a largely improvised bullfighting movie to wealthy arts patrons, expounding on the arts of both filmmaking and bullfighting.

Primary | Robert Drew | 1960 | 60 mins
This landmark cinéma vérité work—the first feature-length film Albert Maysles worked on—follows John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

The screenings will be followed by discussion of Albert Maysles’s work and influence with his daughter Rebekah Maysles and Jill Drew, daughter of Robert Drew, the director of Primary.

The Moth has generously provided the video clip from Untold Story: Documentary Filmmakers on the One That Got Away.

Maysles Films, Inc., has generously provided the print for Orson Welles in Spain.

Janus Films has generously provided the print for Primary.