Grey Gardens to Receive 2011 Cinema Eye Legacy Award; Filmmakers Albert Maysles, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke to Accept on Behalf of the Film

New York – The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking announced today that this year’s Legacy Award will be presented to the landmark 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens. Filmmakers Albert Maysles, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke will accept the award on behalf of the film and the collaborative team that created one of the most enduring and influential documentaries ever made.

The award will be presented on January 18, 2011 at the 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors ceremony to be held at the newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. The event will be broadcast on the Documentary Channel on Sunday, January 30, 2011.

“Grey Gardens stands as a testament to the collaborative nature of filmmaking,” Cinema Eye Honors Co-Chair AJ Schnack said. “It endures not only on the basis of great characters and superb storytelling, but also on the creative choices of its makers, including the decision, somewhat risky at the time, to include the subjects’ interactions with Al and David Maysles in the film itself.”

“There are some things about Grey Gardens that I think every documentary filmmaker would hope for–the fulfilling collaboration between producers, cinematographer, sound-person, editors, and subjects all being so pleased with the film,” said co-director Albert Maysles. “When Mrs. Beale saw the film she said, ‘This is something everyone should do. There’s nothing more to say; it’s all in the film.’ We all aim for that kind of happiness. Just as Big Edie and Little Edie so appreciated Grey Gardens, we too appreciate the film being honored with this year’s Legacy Award 2011 from Cinema Eye. It means a lot to all of us.”

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