Ellen Hovde, Muffie Myer, and Susan Foemke on documentaries

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Three women who had edited one of the Maysles brothers‘ documentaries and further established the art of cinema vérité talk briefly about the challenges and philosophy of editing Grey Gardens or a documentary of such nature.



Albert Maysles passed away on March 5, 2015. He along with his brother David were the pioneers of the cinema vérité documentary filmmaking, which paved the way for much of how documentaries and films are made today.

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Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries – Part II

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In part two of this awesome, and informative selection of comments from cinema vérité filmmakers – Charlotte Zwerin takes center stage to talk about certain philosophies and editing.



Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries

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The Maysles brothers were huge proponents of Cinéma vérité documentary filmmaking. Some of their most critically acclaimed documentaries are Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens. As a piece of trivia, in preparation for last year’s film Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik would watch Salesman. Below you will hear both Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin – close collaborator on other documentaries and editor – talk about one of such cinema verite offerings, and dissect the specifics of shooting and editing such a piece.