New York Times reporters usually write the stories that studios option; they don’t direct them.
But Times metro reporter Andrew Jacobs is getting behind the camera for “Four Seasons Lodge,” a screen adaptation of his piece about a resort in upstate New York’s once-bustling Catskills region.
Project, still unfunded, would seem small except for one thing — it’s attracted the attention of cult documentarian Albert Maysles. Jacobs announced on Thursday that Maysles will become pic’s director of photography when it lenses this summer.
Story and movie are about a resort in the Catskills nicknamed the Four Seasons Lodge, where Holocaust survivors spend summers in typical Catskills fashion — playing cards, dancing and, in their case, occasionally sharing stories of the war. But the resort will be sold after this summer as the members reach old age, and Jacobs says he wants to “capture a piece of living history before it goes away.”
Maysles is undergoing something of a resurgence — his best-known work, “Grey Gardens,” has become an Off Broadway hit. He makes an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival today with the artist Christo for the opening of Maysles’ new movie, “The Gates.” He also shot another doc unspooling at the fest, “When the Road Bends … Tales of a Gypsy Caravan,” Jasmine Dellal’s film following Romani bands through Europe and Asia.