L: "The Road Back" [2009] [from making-of documentary]

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

R: [Center] 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.'

Ph commercials dir by Michael Apted [for Coca-Cola, 1996], Vivek Kakkad [for BournVita], Sean Dunne [for Nurofen], a.o.

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

Also active as still ph. An exhibition of her photographs of immersed bathers in 'The Pool Series' opened in September 2013 in Brooklyn, NYC.

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; premiered in 1991

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

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 series 'Stage on Screen' (2001) & 'Great Performances' (2012)

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'; M. 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

2006

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

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

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 in 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

The Road Back [Alex Gibney] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)/c; doc on cyclist Lance Armstrong's comeback to the Tour de France; shelved in 2012 after Armstrong's ban from competition as a result of a doping investigation; footage used in 'The Armstrong Lie'; see 2013

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

Finding Fela [Alex Gibney] HD-to-digital/c; doc/119m; premiered in 2014

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; addph: John Else, Samuel Painter, Brett Wiley, a.o.

2013

The Armstrong Lie [Alex Gibney] HD-to-digital/c; doc/122m; cph: Ben Bloodwell; see 2009

2013

Bending the Light [Michael Apted] HD (Canon EOS C500)/c; comm doc/60m; for Canon USA

2014

The Visit [M. Night Shyamalan] HD/c

2014

Freeheld [Peter Sollett] HD/c; based on the short doc 'Freeheld' (2006; dir/ph: Cynthia Wade)

2015

Creed [Ryan Coogler] c

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

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

Minimum Wages - The New Economy [Tom Casciato] doc special/57m; cph: Rick Thompson & Jean de Segonzac; for PBS-tv

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 special/60m; cph: Jean de Segonzac, Robert Achs, a.o.; for PBS-tv

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

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

1995

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

1995

Living on the Edge [prod: Kathleen Hughes & Tom Casciato] doc/54m; cph: Jean De Segonzac, Warren Jones & Rick Thompson; ep PBS-tv public affairs series 'Frontline'

1995

Eve Arnold - In Retrospect/Eve Arnold, a Portrait [Beeban Kidron] doc/b&w-c/55m; ep of BBC1-tv series 'Omnibus'

1996

Does America Still Work? [Michael Kirk] doc/58m; co-addph; ph: Rick Thompson & Warren Jones; ep PBS-tv public affairs series 'Frontline'

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 - A Moyers Report [Tom Casciato & Kathleen Hughes] doc special/115m; co-addph; ph: Rick Thompson & Warren Jones; uses footage from 'Minimum Wages - The New Economy' (1991) & 'Living on the Edge' (1995); for PBS-tv

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'

2012

History of the Eagles - The Story of an American Band [Alison Ellwood] 2-part mus doc/118m & 115m/HD; cph: Samuel Painter; addph: Ronan Killeen & Antonio Rossi; for Showtime-tv

2013

Surviving the New American Economy [Elvin Badger & Audra D. West] doc + studio discussion/55m & 57m; co-addph (footage from 'Surviving the Good Times - A Moyers Report', 1999); a Moyers & Company prod for PBS-tv

2013

Two American Families [prod: Tom Casciato & Kathleen Hughes] doc/84m; co-add cam; ph: Jaron Berman; uses footage from 'Minimum Wages - The New Economy' (1991), 'Living on the Edge' (1995) & 'Surviving the Good Times - A Moyers Report' (1999); ep PBS-tv public affairs series 'Frontline'

2013

Captivated - The Trials of Pamela Smart [Jeremiah Zagar] doc/98m; co-add cam; ph: Naiti Gámez; for HBO-tv

2013

Years of Living Dangerously [ep #1 'Dry Season', #2 'End of the Woods', #3 'The Surge', #4 'Ice & Brimstone', #6 'Winds of Change' & #7 'Revolt, Rebuild, Renew'; no dir credited] 9-part doc series/HD (Canon EOS C300 & 5D)/53-60m; cph: Lucian Read (#1-4 & #6-7), Wolfgang Held (#1-4 & #6-7), Richard Rowley (#1-4 & #7), Ronan Killeen (#2-4 & #6-7), Paul Atkins (#3), Ben Bloodwell (#3 & 6), Adam Stone (#4), Tjitte Jan Nieuwkoop (#4), Conny Fridh (#4), David McFarland (#7) & Jato C. Smith (#7); addph: Andy Black (#1 & 7), Kunitaro Ohi (#1, 3 & 6), Ronan Killeen (#1), John Trapman (#2 & 6), a.o.; for Showtime-tv (2014)

2013

John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown [Fisher Stevens] comedy special/89m/HD; filmed 16 November (Victoria Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ); for HBO-tv

2013

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown [Alex Gibney] mus doc/98m; cph: Antonio Rossi; for HBO-tv

2014

A Good Job - Stories of the FDNY [Liz Garbus] doc/60m; for HBO-tv

2014

Fields of Fear [Alex Gibney] c; doc/15m; cph: Ben Bloodwell; ep #25 of doc web series '30 for 30 Shorts' (2012-15); prod ESPN-tv

 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

1985

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

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