The above picture (1979) is of Filmmaker Bill Miles and noted Novelist James Baldwin during preparation for James Baldwins inclusion in “I Remember Harlem” Bill Miles would often tell us stories about meeting James Baldwin and what an interesting person he was to talk to. One of my favorite segments of “I Remember Harlem” is when James Baldwins recalls growing up in the community and being influenced by the ebb and flow of Harlem life.
Bill would later participate on another James Baldwin project as a Producer in association with “Price of the Ticket”: film about the life of James Baldwin directed by Karen Thorsen. When talking about “Price of the Ticket” Bill would tell us about legendary Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and would vaguely mention their association with “Price of the Ticket” Bill seemed to be expressed by them. I wished I had asked more questions at the time.
On Friday night (01/22/2010), I was walking on Malcolm X Blvd. and spotted Mr. Albert Maysles at the bus stop and instantly wished I had my new digital camera – my intent was to find out more about his association with Mr. Bill Miles and “Price of the Ticket”, but I had left new camera home. I felt like I had missed an opportunity, but then realized I had my cell phone and thought to use the video feature on phone:
“Price of the Ticket” will be shown durung Black History Month at the Harlem Heritage Tourism & Cultural Center .