Watch the Maurice Sendak Documentary Produced by Adam Yauch
It’s not unusual to have two talented and famous people die in the same week: it’s the old “death in threes” theory. But what is unusual is to have two people die in a week who very recently collaborated. Sadly, such is the case this week as the world lost the considerable talents of both author Maurice Sendak and rapper/producer Adam “MCA” Yauch.
At first glance they wouldn’t seem to have much in common, but just a few years ago, Yauch produced a documentary on the life and works of Sendak and you can watch that collaboration online right now.
While he was prepping to film the adaptation of ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ director Spike Jonze followed Sendak for over six years, gaining unprecedented access to the writer and his works, opinions and philosophies.
It was a side-project to help distract Jonze from the grueling ‘Wild Things’ production but when that film wrapped, Jonze looked for a home for his footage, which he assembled into the documentary ‘Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak.’ Jonze found a home with his old friend, Adam Yauch, for whom he had directed numerous Beastie Boys videos.
Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories released the documentary to HBO and later on DVD and Blu-ray, exposing a whole new audience to the world of Maurice Sendak. Lucky for us, in the week when we lost both Sendak and Yauch, their work – ‘Tell Them Anything You Want’ – is available online in full and you can watch it below.