"Biba! One Island. 879 Votes." [2007]

"Rape in a Small Town" [2003]

[Middle] with dir Todd Haynes [left]

"Velvet Goldmine" [1997]

               

 MARYSE ALBERTI

Born: 10 March 1954, Langon, France.

Education: American Film Institute.

Career: Came to New York City when she was 19 and worked as an au pair in the New Rochelle suburb for three months. 'My English was not great so I spent a lot of time watching late night movies on the TV in my bedroom. Having a TV in your room where I grew up [on a farm in France] was unheard of.' Started her career as still ph with X-rated films: 'A friend of mine in New York was working as an electrician on the film and he got me the job. It was my very first time on a movie set. I thought, what is this weird new world I'm getting into.'

Became ph of doc's. Ph commercials dir by Michael Apted [for Coca-Cola, 1996], a.o.

She was the first woman ever on the cover of the 'American Cinematographer' magazine.

Awards: Sundance FF Award [1990] for 'H-2 Worker'; Sundance FF Award [1995] for 'Crumb'; Independent Spirit Award [1999] for 'Velvet Goldmine'; Independent Spirit Award nom [2004] for 'We Don't Live Here Anymore'; Kodak Vision Award [2006]; 'Emmy' Award nom [2006; shared] for 'All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise'; Independent Spirit Award [2008] for 'The Wrestler'.



 FILMS

1983

To Win at All Costs - The Story of the America's Cup [Nicholas Granby] 16mm/c; doc/56m; cph: Burleigh Wartes, a.o.

1985

Captain Boomerang [Nina Barbier] 16mm/c; short/12m; cph: N. Barbier; as Maryse Best-Alberti

1985

Double Negative [Sam Irvin] c; short/17m; cph: Steven Fierberg

1987

Don't Stand on the Ocean [Gitta Gsell] 16mm/c; short/50m; cph: Peter Volkart

1987

[Mabou Mines'] Lear '87 Archive (Condensed)/King Lear [Jill Godmilow] c; doc/360m; cph: J. Godmilow; documents the creation and development of a controversial (gender-reversed) interpretation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' by the avant garde performing ensemble Mabou Mines; filmed during the first two-week workshop on the project, which took place in 1987 in the basement of the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta; released on DVD (3 disc, 6 hours) in 2002

1987

Paris Is Burning [Jennie Livingston] 16mm/c; doc/78m; 2uc (+ co-add sound) (as Mayrse Alberti); ph: Paul Gibson; filmed 1987-89

1988

Cause and Effect [Susan Delson] 16mm/c; short/11m

1989

H-2 Worker [Stephanie Black] 16mm/c; doc/70m; addph: Tom Sigel

1989

The Way of the Wicked [Christine Vachon] 16mm/c; short/15m

1989

Albuquerque Journal: A Police Officer's Thoughts on Family Violence [Jane Praeger & Deborah Gordon] c; comm doc/24m

1989

Poison [Todd Haynes] 16mm/b&w-c; b&w ph: Barry Ellsworth

1990

The Golden Boat [Raoul Ruiz] 16mm/b&w-c

1990

Elder Abuse - Five Case Studies [James Vanden Bosch] c; comm doc/43m; cph: ?; funded by the Illinois Department on Aging, Columbus-Cabrini Medical Center Chicago, Kentucky Department of Social Services & North Shore Senior Center; see 1997

1990

Q Listen Up [: The Lives of Quincy Jones] [Ellen Weissbrod] b&w-c; doc/115m; co-addph; ph: Stephen Kazmierski

1991

Straight Talk [prod: David Espar; host: Anais Granofsky] c; doc/33m

1991

Zebrahead/The Colour of Love [Anthony Drazan] c

1991

Incident at Oglala [Michael Apted] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/90m; addph: Julio Macat

1992

Guerrillas in Our Midst/Guerilla Art [Amy Harrison] 16mm/c; doc/35m; co-addph; ph: Ellen Kuras

1992

Confessions of a Suburban Girl/Paradise Paved [Susan Seidelman] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/50m

1992

Gunfight at Red Dog Corral [Christopher Coppola] c; short/?m

1992

Deadfall [Christopher Coppola] c; addph: Fernando Arguelles

1992

I Am a Sex Addict [Vikram Jayanti & John Powers] 16mm/c; doc/81m

1993

Moving the Mountain [Michael Apted] c; doc/83m; addph: Giles Nuttgens, Larry Jordan & Tim Philo

1993

The Heart of the Matter [Gini Reticker & Amber Hollibaugh] 16mm/c; doc/56m; cph: Ellen Kuras

1993

She Lives to Ride [Alice Stone] 16mm/c; doc/75m

1994

Crumb [Terry Zwigoff] 16mm/c; doc/119m; addph: Jon Else, Michael Chin, Kyle Kibbe, a.o.

1994

Give a Damn Again [Adam Isidore] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/90m; cph: Sarah Cawley, Jean de Segonzac, David Goldsmith, Kramer Morgenthau & Robert Levi

1995

I Love You, I Love You Not [Billy Hopkins] c

1995

Harlem Diary: Nine Voices of Resilience [Jonathan Stack & Spencer Style] b&w-c; doc/95m; cph: Samuel Henriques

1995

When We Were Kings [a film by: Leon Gast (dir) & Taylor Hackford] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/87m; cph: Paul Goldsmith, Albert Maysles, Kevin Keating & Roderick Young; addph: Joseph Galloway, Jack Harris, Burleigh Wartes, a.o.

1996

Inspirations [Michael Apted] c; doc/100m; cph: Amnon Ziayet

1996

Dear Diary [David Frankel] c; short/38m; originally prod as a pilot for ABC-tv

1996

Stag [Gavin Wilding] c; aph: Joshua Narins

1997

Velvet Goldmine [Todd Haynes] c; 2uc: Chris Plevin

1997

I'd Rather Be Home [James Vanden Bosch] c; doc/29m; cph: ?; filmed 1990-97; see 1990

1997

Happiness [Todd Solondz] c; addph: Stephen Kazmierski; 2uc: Storn Peterson

1998

Me & Isaac Newton [Michael Apted] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/107m; 2uc: Matt Williams; addph: Joey Forsyte, Peter Selesnick & Ben Smithard

1999

The People vs. Shintech [Nikos Valance] c; doc/?m

1999

Joe Gould's Secret [Stanley Tucci] c

1999

Twilight - Los Angeles [Marc Levin] dv/c; perf/76m; cph: Joan Churchill; also ep PBS-tv 'Stage on Screen' (2001) & 'Great Performances' (2012) series

2000

Get Over It [Tommy O'Haver] s35/c

2000

Tape [Richard Linklater] HD (Sony DSR-PD100A)-to-35mm/c

2000

Here [Brendan Donovan] c; short/12m

2001

Grasp [Brendan Donovan] HD/c; short/17m

2002

The Guys [Jim Simpson] c; addph: Lisa Rinzler, Joe Arcidiacono & Frank DeMarco

2002

The Wild Bunch: A History of the Real American Cowgirl [Jerret Engle] ep of 6-part doc series 'American Originals: 100 Years of Women and Popular Culture'; Alberti was considered as doph for this project

2003

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine/Kasparov vs. Deep Blue [Vikram Jayanti] dv-to-35mm/c; doc/87m; addph: Eigil Bryld & Joan Churchill

2003

We Don't Live Here Anymore [John Curran] p/c

2003

The Onion Movie/News Movie [James Kleiner (= Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire)] c/V; cph: Neil Shapiro

2004

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room [Alex Gibney] HD-to-35mm/c; doc/109m; addph: Greg Andracke, Don Blust, Jon Else, Anton Floquet & Lyle Morgan

2004

Hidden Inside Mountains [Laurie Anderson] HD/c; exp short/25m; for EXPO 2005 (Japan)

2005

A Journey That Wasn't [Pierre Huyghe] s16+HD-to-HD/c; exp film/23m; filmed February & October 2005

2005

The Power of the Game [Michael Apted] HD/c; doc/100m

2005

Beyond the Steps - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater [Phil Bertelsen] HD/c; doc/53m; cph: John Foster; addph: Antonio Rossi, Maxim Tarasiugin & Ku-Ling Siegel; also ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

2006

Taxi to the Dark Side [Alex Gibney] HD-to-35mm/b&w-c; doc/106m; cph: Greg Andracke; addph: Felix Andrew, Chris Li, a.o.

2006

No End in Sight [Charles Ferguson] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200 + Sony F900 & HVR-Z1U)-to-35mm/c; doc/145m; co-addph; ph: Antonio Rossi

2007

Casino Jack and the United States of Money [Alex Gibney] HD-to-35mm/c; doc/118m; addph: Kate Elson, Danny O'Shea, Zena Barakat, Ben Bloodwell, a.o.; premiered in 2010

With dir Brett Morgen - "Drive and Deliver"

2007

Drive and Deliver [Brett Morgen] HD/c; comm doc/45m; for Navistar International Trucks

2007

Soul Masters: Dr. Guo and Dr. Sha [Sande Zeig] c/V; doc/83m; addph: S. Zeig, Gerard Angé, Ben Bloodwell, a.o.; filmed 2006-07

2007

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson [Alex Gibney] HD-to-35mm/c; doc/118m; addph: Greg Andracke, Michael Chin, Don Lenzer, Wayne Ewing, a.o.

2007

Finishing Heaven [Mark Mann] dv/c; doc/76m; cph: Boaz Freund & Liz Dory; addph: M. Mann, J.L. Aronson & Oliver Cary

2007

Biba! One Island. 879 Votes. [Benjamin Bloodwell] HD (Panasonic VariCam & AG-HVX200)/c; doc/72m; cph: B. Bloodwell; premiered in 2012

[Right] with dir Darren Aronofsky - "The Wrestler"

2008

The Wrestler [Darren Aronofsky] s16-35bu/c

2008

Apache 8 [Sande Zeig] c; doc/57m; released 2011

2008

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place/The Magic Bus [Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood] did camera tests for this doc, but only 16mm archive film was used; released in 2011

2009

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector [Vikram Jayanti] HD/c; doc/102m; also ep of BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

2009

Stone [John Curran] s35/c; interim doph: Steven Fierberg

2009

Smash His Camera [Leon Gast] HD (Panasonic VariCam & AG-HVX200 P2)/b&w-c; doc/87m; co-addph; ph: Don Lenzer; + archive; premiered in 2010; also shown on HBO-tv

2009

Joe Papp in Five Acts [Tracie Holder] c; doc/82m; co-addph; ph: Toshiaki Ozawa; also ep of PBS-tv series 'American Masters'

2010

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer [Alex Gibney] c; doc/117m; addph: Kate Elson, Simon Kossoff, Stephen Kazmierski, a.o.

2010

QC Notorious [Robert J. Agro-Melina] c; perf/75m; + archive

2010

Cloud Atlas [Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski] announced as ph of 3 seg dir by the Wachowski's, but they were ph by John Toll in late 2011

2010

West of Memphis [Amy Berg] ?-to-digital/c; doc/146m; cph: Ronan Killeen; addph: Frederic Fasano, Seamus Tierny, a.o.; 2uc: Jeff Dailey; filmed 2008-10; released 2012

2011

Love, Marilyn/Fragments: Marilyn Monroe [Liz Garbus] b&w-c; doc/105m; addph: Nancy Schreiber; + archive

2012

The Boys Club/Freak [Katherine Brooks] in pre-production since 2009

2012

Dear Governor Cuomo [Jon Bowermaster, Alex Gibney & Natalie Merchant] c; mus doc/75m; cph: Ronan Killeen; filmed in May

2012

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks [Alex Gibney] c; doc/130m


 TELEVISION

1987

Women of the Calabash [Skip Blumberg] mus doc/19m/v; cph: Bill Marpet

1989

Crisis: Urban Education, The Good School [Jim Solt] doc/?m; for Thirteen/WNET

1989

God Bless America and Poland, Too [Marian Marzynski] doc/b&w-c/57m; cph: Slawomir Grunberg & Alexander Zakrzewski; ep PBS-tv series 'American Experience'

1989

Inside Gorbachev's U.S.S.R. [with Hedrick Smith] [prod Martin Smith] 4-part (x 58m) series/b&w-c; cph: Jean de Segonzac; ep #1 'The Taste of Democracy', #2 'Comfortable Lies, Bitter Truths', #3 'Looking for Perestroika' & #4 'Coming Apart'; for PBS-tv

1990

All Our Children with Bill Moyers [prod: Tom Casciato] doc/90m; cph: Rick Thompson, Jean de Segonzac & Greg Williams

1991

Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time [Susan Steinberg & Susan Lacy] doc/109m; cph Asia; ph: Christian Blackwood; ep PBS-tv series 'American Masters'

1991

Our Children at Risk [Roger Weisberg] doc/60m; cph: Jean de Segonzac, Robert Achs, a.o.

1991

Minimum Wages: The New Economy [Tom Casciato] doc/60m; cph: Rick Thompson & Jean de Segonzac

1992

Made in America? [Larry Engel, a.o.] 2-part ('Who's the Enemy?' & 'Winners and Losers') doc/240m; cph: L. Engel, Don Lenzer, Tom Hurwitz, Stephen Lighthill, a.o.

1992

Mob Stories [Marc Levin] doc/60m; ep HBO-tv series 'America Undercover'

1992

In Women's Hands [: The Changing Roles of Women] [Rachel Field & Juan Mandelbaum] doc/59m; cph: Igor Valdes; ep 10-part PBS-tv series 'Americas'

1992

Real Sex 3 [Patti Kaplan] doc/?m; cph: Karl Schurman & Dyanna Taylor; ep HBO-tv series 'Real Sex'

1993

The Dutch Master/Der flämische Meister [Susan Seidelman] tvm/28m; ep 27-part series 'Erotic Tales - Die schönste Sache der Welt/Tales of Erotica' (1993-2002)

1993

Dottie Gets Spanked [Todd Haynes] tvm/b&w-c/27m/16mm; also seg of comp 'A Boy's Life' (1997)

1994

Eve Arnold, a Portrait [Beeban Kidron] doc/53m; for BBC-tv

1994

American Cinema [ep #2 'The Star' dir by Lawrence Pitkethly & #3 'Romantic Comedy' dir by Molly Ornati] 10-part doc series for PBS-tv, 1995/b&w-c; cph: Michael Spiller (#2), Peter Pilafian (#2), Mead Hunt (#3), Rick Robertson (#3), a.o.

1995

Positive: Life with HIV [seg 'Tonya Hall' dir by Lucy Winer] 4-part doc/240m for PBS-tv; cph: Mark Petersson; other ph: Ellen Spiro, Fawn Yacker, Stephen Lighthill, Emiko Omori, a.o.

1996

Does America Still Work? [prod: Kathleen Hughes & Tom Casciato] ep #1417 of PBS-tv public affairs series 'Frontline'; co-addph; ph: Rick Thompson & Warren Jones

1997

Dragtime [Patti Kaplan] doc/75m; cph: Michael Spiller, Wolfgang Held, a.o.; ep HBO-tv series 'America Undercover'

1998

Sex and the City [ep #2 'Models and Mortals' dir by Alison Maclean (AM) & #4 'Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys' dir by AM] 94-part series, 1998-2004/s16; 1st season, 1998; other ph: Stuart Dryburgh (pilot), Michael Spiller & Michael Barrow

1999

Real Sex 23 [Patti Kaplan & Shari Cookson] doc/?m; ep HBO-tv series 'Real Sex'

1999

Surviving the Good Times: The Moyers Report [Tom Casciato & Kathleen Hughes] doc special/120m; co-addph; ph: Rick Thompson & Warren Jones; filmed over a 10-year period

2000

The Orgasm Special: A Real Sex Xtra [Patti Kaplan & Helena Solberg] doc special/60m; cph: Dyanna Taylor, Kramer Morgenthau, a.o.; ep HBO-tv series 'Real Sex'

2000

James Ellroy's Feast of Death [Vikram Jayanti] doc/90m/16mm+BetaSP-to-HD; addph: Dyanna Taylor; ep BBC-tv series 'Arena'

2001

The Internationale [Peter Miller] doc/30m; co-addph; ph: Mike Harlow & Kevin Keating

2003

Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story [Jeffrey Chapman] doc/73m/dv; cph: Ken Van Sant; addph: Buddy Squires

2004

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan [Martin Scorsese] 2-part mus doc/b&w-c/205m; cph: Oliver Bokelberg, Anghel Decca, Ellen Kuras, Lisa Rinzler, Michael Spiller, a.o.; in USA ep PBS-tv series 'American Masters' (2005)

2004

All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise [Shari Cookson] doc/90m; cph: Sandra Chandler & Beth Wichterich; addph: Jon Alpert, Peter Reniers, a.o.; for HBO-tv (2006)

2004

[Comedy Central's] Last Laugh '04 [Russell Bates, Joel Gallen & Scott Preston] comedy special/90m; co-addph (film seg); ph (film seg): Clyde Smith; + archive

2006

The Human Behavior Experiments [Alex Gibney] doc/58m; cph: Adam Feinstein, Mira Chang, Richard Neill & Jon Shenk

2006

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens [Barbara Leibovitz] doc/83m; co-addph; ph: Eddie Marritz, Jaime Hellman, B. Leibovitz & Ian Vollmer; ep PBS-tv series 'American Masters'

2007

In God's Name [Jules & Gédéon Naudet] doc special/120m; 2uc: G. Naudet; for CBS-tv

2009

My Trip to Al-Qaeda [Alex Gibney] doc/86m/HD; addph: Ben Bloodwell, Don Lenzer, a.o.; for HBO-tv; also shown in theaters

2009

Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team's Road to Vancouver [Brett Morgen] doc/44m/dv; cph: Wolfgang Held, Kevin Ward, Russell Swanson, a.o.; comm by Audi of America; for NBC Sports

2011

Women, War & Peace [ep #2 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell' dir by Gini Reticker] 5-part doc series; co-addph; ph: Kirsten Johnson; for PBS-tv

2012

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream [Alex Gibney] doc/HD/54m; co-addph; ph: Lisa Rinzler & Ronan Killeen; in USA ep PBS-tv series 'Independent Lens'


 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

The Winged Serpent/Q - The Winged Serpent [Larry Cohen] prod staff; ph: Fred Murphy

1981

Forty Deuce [Paul Morrissey] co-c.op; ph: Steven Fierberg, François Reichenbach & Stefan Zapasnik

1982

Vortex [Scott & Beth B] c.asst; ph: Steven Fierberg

1983

Hellfire [John David Coles; tvm/27m] 1st c.asst; ph: Steven Fierberg

1984

Mixed Blood/Cocaïne [Paul Morrissey] 2nd c.asst (+ still ph); ph: Stefan Zapasnik

1985

Sex Appeal [Chuck Vincent] c.asst (+ still ph); ph: Larry Revene

1986

Spookies/Twisted Souls [Eugenie Joseph; Thomas Doran & Brendan Faulkner (dir unfinished film 'Twisted Souls')] co-c.asst; ph: Robert Chappell & Ken Kelsch

1986

Wimps [Chuck Vincent] c.asst (+ still ph); ph: Larry Revene

1986

Nightmare Weekend [Henry Sala] focus puller; ph: Denis Gheerbrant

1987

[Eugene O'Neill:] Journey Into Genius [Calvin Skaggs; tvm/55m] still ph; ph: Frank Prinzi

1989

Alien Space Avenger [Richard W. Haines] 2u lighting dir; ph: Mustapha Barat