From Gimme Shelter (1970), dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin (image courtesy Criterion Collection)

This December marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Gimme Shelter, a classic of direct cinema from the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin. In the process of following the Rolling Stones on tour, the filmmakers inadvertently captured the killing of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Free Concert — widely seen as a herald of the end of the “peace and love” era of the 1960s.

In the spirit of Gimme Shelter and similar films that captured their cultural milieu in the years before and after, the Maysles Documentary Center (founded by Albert Maysles in 2008) is presenting Gimme 50, a program of direct cinema from the ’60s and ’70s. Featuring works by Madeline Anderson, William Greaves, Chris Marker, Shirley Clarke, and more, it’s a terrific lineup of classic docs.

Individual tickets for each film are $5. Full series passes are $50 and also confer membership to the Maysles Documentary Center.

When: December 12-31
Where: Online

More info at the Maysles Documentary Center website.

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