Frederick Wiseman


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Born in 1930, Wiseman is a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association who turned to filmmaking in 1967, after years as an instructor and/or researcher at Boston University, Brandeis University, and Harvard. In 1970 he founded Zipporah Films, Inc., which continues to distribute his documentaries. Wiseman has ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 35 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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National Gallery Director
(2014)
Titicut Follies Director
(1967)
At Berkeley Director
(2013)

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 2020 City Hall (Documentary)
 2018 Monrovia, Indiana (Documentary)
 2017 Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Documentary)
 2015 In Jackson Heights (Documentary)
 2014 National Gallery (Documentary)
 2005-2014 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- At Berkeley (2014)
 2013 At Berkeley (Documentary)
 2011 Crazy Horse (Documentary)
 2010 Boxing Gym (Documentary)
 2009 La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (Documentary)
 2007 State Legislature (Documentary)
 2005 The Garden (Documentary)
 2002 Domestic Violence 2 (Documentary)
 2001 Domestic Violence (Documentary)
 1999 Belfast, Maine (Documentary)
 1997 Public Housing (Documentary)
 1995 Ballet (Documentary)
 1994 Zoo (Documentary)
 1994 High School II (Documentary)
 1991 Aspen (Documentary)
 1989 Near Death (Documentary)
 1989 Central Park (Documentary)
 1988 Missile (Documentary)
 1987 Blind (Documentary)
 1986 Adjustment & Work (Documentary)
 1986 Deaf (Documentary)
 1986 Multi-Handicapped (Documentary)
 1986 Racetrack (Documentary)
 1983 The Store (Documentary)
 1981 Model (Documentary)
 1979 Manoeuvre (Documentary)
 1978 Sinai Field Mission (Documentary)
 1977 Canal Zone (Documentary)
 1976 Meat (Documentary)
 1975 Welfare (Documentary)
 1974 Primate (Documentary)
 1973 Juvenile Court (Documentary)
 1972 Essene (Documentary)
 1971 Basic Training (Documentary)
 1971 I Miss Sonia Henie (Short)
 1970 NET Journal (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Hospital (1970)
 1970 Hospital (TV Movie documentary)
 1969 Law and Order (TV Movie documentary)
 1968 High School (Documentary)
 1967 Titicut Follies (Documentary)
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He and Ruth Maleczech directed Vasily Grossman's play, "Life and Fate," in a Spring Festival production at the American Repertory Theatre production in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Robert Brustein was artistic director.

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[on editing] My job as editor is to make the film as best I can from the rushes. What I think about the subject matter is what you see in the final film. At least 50% of editing has nothing to do with technique. I ask myself what it is I am seeing and hearing in the rushes. I have to at least delude myself into thinking that I understand what is going on in each of the sequences in order to (1) ... See more »

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In interviews, Wiseman has emphasized that his films are not and cannot be unbiased. See more »

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His films offer an unparalleled social history and critique of daily life in the United States See more »

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