The co-director of acclaimed films such as Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Salesman passed away Thursday. Maylses died in New York City after suffering from a bout of cancer. Born in Boston on November 26, 1926, Maysles and his brother David made cinema verite documentaries together from the late 1950s until the latter’s death in 1987. Albert continued making films on his own and in collaboration with other filmmakers for HBO and others.
The brothers were nominated for a Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Award in 1974 for Christo’s Valley Curtain. Co-directing with Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke, Maysles won an Emmy in 1992 for Abortion: Desperate Choices.
Maysles last finished film was 2014’s Iris about interior decorator Iris Apfel. His co-helmed In Transit was in postproduction when the filmmaker passed away but it is slated to world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival. With fellow directors Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, and Ben Wu, the pic centers on the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route that runs from Chicago to Seattle.“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest documentarian filmmakers of our time, he was a generous and loving mentor across generations,” said a statement from the Tribeca Film Festival today. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.”
Mayles founded the NYC-based Maysles Documentary Center in 2005. Last year, President Barack Obama awarded Maysles with the National Medal Of Arts.