Basilica Film Series Kicks Off with Appearance by Acclaimed Documentarian Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Albert Maysles, the pioneering documentary filmmaker whose work, in collaboration with his younger brother, the late David Maysles, includes such groundbreaking documentary films as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, will help inaugurate the fall film series, Basilica Screenings, at Basilica Hudson, on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Maysles will be on hand for a screening of his half-hour film, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, featuring never-before seen archival footage from the Rolling Stones performance at Madison Square Garden over Thanksgiving weekend, 1969, documented in Gimme Shelter. Beyond the full-length performances of five Stones songs — presented in surround sound — the film includes a cover shoot, rare backstage footage, a mixing session and more.

Maysles will also bring with him rarely seen footage from films including Meet Marlon Brando (1966), With Love From Truman (1966), Dali’s Fantastic Dream (1966), Muhammad Ali: Zaire (1974), Grey Gardens (1976), and Late Night With David Letterman (1982). The event will be moderated by Jake Perlin.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Basilica Screenings present the groundbreaking essay film Sans Soleil, as a tribute to director Chris Marker, who passed away in July. Writing in the New York Times, Dennis Lim said of the film, “Sans Soleil, often acknowledged as the masterpiece among Mr. Marker’s late works, is one of his least classifiable, a free-associative mix of ethnography, philosophy and poetry. Purporting to be the footage of a fictional cinematographer accompanied by his letters to a nameless woman, the film roams from Iceland to Guinea-Bissau to Japan. […] A bar in Tokyo’s famous Golden Gai district is named for ‘La Jetée’ — an honor that Mr. Marker once said was ‘worth more to me than any number of Oscars.’”

Basilica Screenings is a weekly film series which presents an array of works ranging from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings.

All films will begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

The Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory, converted into an art and performance space for the artistic and cultural community at large.  Located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak Station, on the waterfront in the historic city of Hudson, N.Y., the Basilica Hudson’s striking industrial architecture makes it a unique location for diverse events ranging from music and film festivals to art exhibitions, independent theater, and dance performances.

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