Documentary filmmaker and cinema vérité pioneer Albert Maysles passed away last night at 88. The Criterion Collection announced the news on their Facebook page, writing: “Our dear friend Albert Maysles passed away last night at the age of 88. We saw things through his lens that we will never forget. He was a filmmaker up until the end. We loved him and will miss him terribly.”
Once referred to as “the dean of documentary film making” by the New York Times, Albert directed “Grey Gardens” along with his brother David — which is being re-released in cinemas this week — as well as other seminal documentaries like “Gimme Shelter,” about the Rolling Stones’ 1969 US Tour, and “Salesman.” The pair shot over 30 films together in total. Among Maysles’ many achievements, he was nominated for a documentary short Oscar for “Christo’s Valley Curtain” in 1974, won two Emmys, and received the National Medal of Arts from Obama last July. His final film “In Transit," will screen at Tribeca in April.