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Trent University to Host Ground-Breaking Documentary Film Maker Albert Maysles


January 24th Event Open to the Public – Free Admission

January 18, 2006, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce that Albert Maysles, a revolutionary in the world of documentary film-making, will be providing a free, public lecture about his career and the ethics and practice of his cinematic field in the Lecture Hall at the Argyle Campus of Gzowski College at 780 Argyle Street on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Albert Maysles, a documentary film-maker for over 50 years, started out as a Professor of Psychology at Boston University. In 1955 he made the transition to film by taking a 16mm camera to Russia to film patients at several mental hospitals. The result, Psychiatry in Russia, was Mr. Maysles first foray into filmmaking. He hasn't looked back since.

In 1957 Mr. Maysles teamed up with his brother, David, and the two went on to become pioneers of "direct cinema", by designing highly portable cameras and sound equipment that allowed them to record events with minimal intrusion.

Mr. Maysles' best known documentaries are Salesman, a portrait of four door-to-door Bible salesmen from Boston, Gimme Shelter, the controversial, up-close and personal portrait of the Rolling Stones on their American tour which culminated in a killing at the Altamont concert, and the critically-acclaimed When We Were Kings, a documentary that looks well beyond the 1974 championship bout between Ali and Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, extending to the African-American experience.

Over the years, Mr. Maysles has received many prestigious awards for his work in film including, a Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association in 1994, the American Society of Cinematographers' 1998 President's Award – given for the first time to a documentarian, and the Toronto's Hot Docs 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Maysles' lecture is sponsored by Trent University's Champlain College and Have You Seen It video store. The presentation, including video and question-and-answer period, is free and open to the public.


For more information, please contact:
Stephen Brown, Department of English, 748-1011 x1238








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