WILD BLUE YONDER (Celia Maysles, U.S.). 70 minutes. Monday (April 21), 7 pm, Cumberland; Wednesday (April 23), 11 am, Isabel Bader. Rating: NN
Celia Maysles was only seven when her father, legendary filmmaker David Maysles, died tragically young from an aneurism in 1987. Now the daughter restlessly videotapes herself, her mother and her estranged uncle Albert (the other half of the Maysles brothers team) in an attempt to piece together the life of the dad she barely knew.
Celia shows little aptitude for interviewing, editing or structure. Much of the film features her pleading on the phone to Albert, who won all rights to the brothers' films after a lengthy court case and doesn't want to release footage from David's unfinished film, Blue Yonder, to his niece.
Fans of Maysles classics like Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter will enjoy a few connections between those films and David's life, but that's not enough for a feature film.