Leaving Brooklyn on Thursday morning , a long weekend in Durham, NC seemed impossibly far away. But after hours of driving (Lila’s a pro!) we made it to the city “Where great things happen,” as it were. Despite the rain, the city is awash with energy over all the great films and filmmakers present.
We registered and got press creds, then set out to explore the festival. First up: online Of Shadows and Men by Aurelien Foucault and Cedric Quennesson, followed by Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile’s film, Sally Gross – The Pleasure of Stillness Purchase . The former was a short about the beautiful, but dying art of shadow puppetry in China. The latter, a feature about Sally Gross (avant-garde dancer and co-star of Robert Frank’s 1959 film Pull My Daisy Cheap ). All of the directors were there after the screening for a Q&A.
Albert Maysles congratulated Aurelien on his first film, which was such a great moment! Albert went on to discuss ways to avoid influencing your subject as you document (don’t even try to just be a fly on the wall, instead try to generate trustworthiness and rapport with them). He advised against making a film about anything that you can’t personally connect with – the best films are made about subjects that you can relate to something in your past. Similarly, he spoke about the idea that patience and love are the main things that separate documentary filmmakers from propagandists. For more on Maysles, check out our upcoming podcast footage!
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