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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman (born 1 January 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA) is an American documentary filmmaker.
Frederick J. Wiseman, the first man to fly airmail --- from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, as a stunt in 1911 --- died in Oakland on October 4, 1961, at the age of 85.
Wiseman's films are not structured chronologically, as is usually the case with both direct cinema and cinema verite.
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 Wiseman, Frederick
Frederick Wiseman is arguably the most important American documentary filmmaker of the past three decades.
Wiseman's aesthetic falls squarely in the "direct cinema" tradition of documentary filmmaking, which emphasizes continued filming, as unobtrusively as possible, of human conversation and the routines of everyday life, with no music, no interviews, no voice-over narration, and no overt attempt to interpret or explain the events unfolding before the camera.
This may be one of Wiseman's major Wiseman contributions to the documentary form, to permit subjects to examine their own behavior--to confront the consequences of their own social actions--as seen through the eyes of others.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/W/htmlW/wisemanfred/wisemanfred.htm   (1132 words)

  
 Current.org | Documentarian Frederick Wiseman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Wiseman, who selects the subjects, is producer, director, editor, and sound technician on location.
Frederick Wiseman was born in Boston on New Year's Day of 1930.
Wiseman has made one of the greatest single contributions to noncommercial television since it was established in 1952.
www.current.org /doc/doc802wiseman.shtml   (3639 words)

  
  Frederick J. Wiseman
Frederick J. Wiseman, the first man to fly airmail --- from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, as a stunt in 1911 --- died in Oakland on October 4, 1961, at the age of 85.
Wiseman, a retired executive of the Standard Oil Co., built an airplane in 1910 --- seven years after the Wright brothers' flight --- and gave up flying at the end of the next year.
Wiseman, who lived at 1817 Oxford St., in Berkeley, is survived by his wife, Alice, and a sister, Mrs.
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 Lycos Movies - Biography - Frederick Wiseman
Wiseman's other early films did seem to fulfill this promise, tending to work as exposes of public, tax-supported institutions.
Wiseman's films are not structured chronologically, as is usually the case with both direct cinema and cinema verite.
Wiseman has also ventured into fiction filmmaking, writing an early script for "The Stunt Man" (directed by Richard Rush in 1979), which he claims bears no relation to the final film, and writing and directing "Seraphita's Diary" (1982), an experimental feature that flopped commercially.
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 hot docs : for the media : press releases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Wiseman took his camera from the neighbourhoods of Tampa, Florida, where the officers on the front lines regularly intervene in domestic disputes, to "the Spring," a shelter in which women and their children try to heal.
But Wiseman is not so bleak as to suggest that their plight is hopeless: throughout the film, we are struck by the resilience and determination of the women and their caseworkers, slowly ascending from their nightmares toward a vision of brighter days ahead.
Wiseman's first doc premiered in 1967, but soon after was suppressed by the political maneuverings of a Massachusetts State legislature unwilling to accept responsibility for the film's horrific truths.
www.hotdocs.ca /archives/2002/press_27.cfm   (1026 words)

  
 Garden Party: Frederick Wiseman’s Society of the Spectacle. By Christoph Huber
Wiseman’s statement ends with the assertion that “we are discussing these issues with the goal of resolving them so that the documentary can be screened in the near future,” but until then one can’t help ruefully shaking one’s head.
Wiseman’s body of work is furthermore enhanced with every expansion, each subsequent “reality fiction” (the director’s preferred term) commenting on, fine-tuning, and even partially revising (often according to societal changes) the others.
Wiseman’s fl humour is on full display here, as it is at times in The Garden: notably in a scene where the audience is seen at its most attentive during a dog show, where absurdly and perfectly tailored rare species are paraded.
www.cinema-scope.com /cs22/fea_huber_garden.htm   (1065 words)

  
 The Birth, Life, and Death of a Nation: A Portrait by Frederick Wiseman
Wiseman's approach to documentary filmmaking –; his strict reliance on fly-on-the-wall footage, without interviews, narration, or, for that matter, any acknowledgment of the camera by the participants – results in films that resemble fiction more than traditional documentary, precisely because they are primarily dramatic rather than journalistic.
Wiseman's intention with this final scene is not simply to give us a last glimpse of a violent man—it's actually the man who has called the police, to have his wife evicted, seemingly because he knows that if she stays, she's going to get beaten.
Wiseman has to end with this scene because for the vast majority of women who have experienced domestic violence, abuse is not a thing of the past, a personal history to come to terms with—it's their reality.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/01/19/wiseman.html   (3319 words)

  
 Frederick Wiseman to Receive ASC Distinguished Achievement Award
Wiseman has produced, directed and edited 35 long-form documentaries about such diverse institutions as a prison for the criminally insane, a public school, a police station, a race track, military basic training, a meat packing plant, a clinic for low-income patients, a ballet, a zoo, a library, public housing and the city of Aspen.
Wiseman was born and raised, and still resides, in the Cambridge area of Boston, Massachusetts.
Wiseman became a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1955 and subsequently taught and did research at Boston University School of Law, and Harvard and Brandeis Universities.
www.digitalcinemareport.com /news/fwiseman.html   (619 words)

  
 Una's Lectures - Fred Wiseman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Frederick Wiseman is one of the most important documentary filmmakers working today.
Born in 1930 in Boston, Frederick Wiseman received his B.A. at Williams College, earned a degree in Law from Yale, and began a career as a professor of Law.
Frederick Wiseman's honors and awards include two Emmy Awards (1969 and 1970) and the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association (1990).
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 Frederick Wiseman Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Frederick Wiseman (born 1930) was an American documentary filmmaker whose "fly-on-the-wall" films revealed what happens in a hospital, school, meat-packing plant, police department, modeling agency, department store, zoo, and other public institutions.
Frederick Wiseman was born in Massachusetts on January 1, 1930.
Wiseman's method gave the films the feel and texture of reality, but they were deftly and slowly edited in a way that encouraged the viewer to make connections, to speculate about social themes, and to reflect about the subject.
www.bookrags.com /biography/frederick-wiseman   (1226 words)

  
 Discovering the Shock of Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies
Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies (1967) is a landmark of cinéma vérité.
When Wiseman was summoned to appear in court, his film was described by the judge as a "nightmare of ghoulish obscenities."[2] This description leads us to expect the worst: images of Bridgewater that are so explicit that they seem close, almost internal to us, like a dream.
Wiseman uses the transfer to express a kind of movement or transition that is in fact indistinguishable from detention, stasis, and imprisonment.
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 Frederick Wiseman Retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 9/01
Wiseman is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including membership to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, and three Emmy Awards.
Wiseman jumped right into the fire with his first film, 1967's "Titicut Follies." The film, which focused on a state prison for the criminally insane, was banned for more than two decades by the State of Massachusetts.
Wiseman's future projects include editing his next film, "Domestic Violence II," and then directing his first fiction film, based on "The Last Letter." Wiseman directed this one-character play, adapted from a chapter in a novel by Vasily Grossman, at La Comédie Française and it played recently at Market Theater in Harvard Square.
www.newenglandfilm.com /news/archives/01september/wiseman.htm   (883 words)

  
 Salon: Frederick Wiseman
documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman shocked audiences with an unflinching exposé of the brutalities of a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane.
Wiseman is one of the leading proponents of cinéma verité, or direct cinema; his films have no narration, music or titles.
Wiseman's "La Comédie Française" will be aired over the PBS network on September 1 and shown in competition at the Venice Film Festival on September 4.
www.salon.com /weekly/interview960826.html   (657 words)

  
 Frederick Wiseman - Encyclopedia.com
Wiseman practiced and taught law for about a decade, but his real interests lay elsewhere.
Wiseman is usually the producer-director and sometimes a writer, editor, or actor for his many films, which are mostly fl and white, with neither narration nor musical soundtracks, and eschew editorialization.
Martin Scorsese, Ken Burns, Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, Adam Curtis are Among the Award-Winning Filmmakers to Join New Advisory Board of San Francisco State University's Documentary Film Institute.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-WisemanF.html   (582 words)

  
 FREDERICK WISEMAN TAKES HIS CAMERA TO THE RACES - New York Times
Frederick Wiseman was 36 at the time, and his ''Titicut Follies'' emerged as a classic cinema verite documentary, establishing him as a leading film maker in part because he was able to reveal not only immense brutality at the institution but also rare moments of humanity.
Wiseman has explored, usually in stark fl and white and with no commentary and no real sound track, the worlds of army recruits and emergency-room doctors, welfare offices and police barracks, monasteries and meat-packing houses.
Wiseman shrugged when asked why he chose in his last two films to depict the worlds of fashion modeling and of Neiman-Marcus, where customers are seen preening in expensive clothes as salespeople murmur approval.
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 Frederick Wiseman
Wiseman will use sequences from several of his films to examine some of the legal and ethical issues in documentary film.
Frederick Wiseman is a highly acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose career has spanned nearly 40 years.
Wiseman's presentation, a retrospective of his films will be shown in the Nasher Museum of Art sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Film/Video/Digital Program.
cds.aas.duke.edu /events/wiseman.html   (609 words)

  
 Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Although Wiseman has been acclaimed as one of America’s greatest filmmakers, his unflinching documentaries are too gritty for the neighborhood cineplex, too impolite to win Oscars, and too busy exposing painful truths to find time for happy endings.
Forty-two years ago, Wiseman was a Boston University law professor, but he quickly rejects the notion that he has become the cinematic equivalent of a public defender: “People sometimes think that my films are in some way connected with the law but I don’t think so,” Wiseman asserts.
Wiseman’s documentaries typically eschew narration and musical underscoring and, as is the case with Domestic Violence, often weigh in with running times of three hours or more.
www.portlandphoenix.com /archive/movies/02/09/20/WISEMAN.html   (835 words)

  
 A Discussion with Frederick Wiseman, Part II
I could go through every scene of every one of my movies and tell you why each shot is there, what its relationship is to the shot that goes before and after, how something that happens 15 minutes into the film has a connection with something 55 minutes into the film...
Wiseman that was a wonderful high school, how can we get good schools like that in Boston?" She wasn’t kidding.
Part of the heavy burden documentary carries from its origin, and certainly from the 30's is the common idea that it has to be didactic and propagandistic.
www.indiewire.com /people/int_Wiseman_Frdrk_971219_2.html   (1043 words)

  
 Stalking Shadows; Frederick Wiseman on "The Last Letter"
So, too, with Wiseman's latest offering, "The Last Letter." Based on a chapter from Russian writer Vasily Grossman's mid-century novel "Life and Fate," "The Last Letter" is a staged monologue of a Jewish doctor's final written words to her son, Vitya.
Frederick Wiseman sat down with indieWIRE's Nick Poppy over hot drinks on a recent bone-chilling evening to talk about "The Last Letter," fiction vs. documentary, and the Holocaust.
Wiseman: I was a teenager during the Second World War, and my father was very involved with the Jewish community in Boston.
www.indiewire.com /people/people_030210wiseman.html   (1717 words)

  
 Wikipedia Adventures! » Blog Archive » Frederick Wiseman
For this episode we talked about the Frederick Wiseman article.
Wiseman has played a very significant yet under-appreciated role in the history of documentary film.
We discuss Wiseman’s style and philosophy, and his place in documentary film.
wikipediaadventures.com /episodes/frederick_wiseman   (131 words)

  
 03.19.2003 - Documentarian Frederick Wiseman in residence at Townsend Center
It is one of several Wiseman films to be shown at the Pacific Film Archive between March 31 and April 14.
Wiseman’s films are not journalistic exposés, but rather unflinching and emotional recordings of everyday life in these arenas.
Wiseman will be in attendance during two of the screenings: Meat at 3 p.m., Monday, March 31, and The Last Letter, which makes its Bay Area premiere at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 4.
www.berkeley.edu /news/berkeleyan/2003/03/19_wise.shtml   (398 words)

  
 Belfast, Maine . The Boston Phoenix . 01-31-00
Frederick Wiseman may imagine his audience to be historians in the 23rd century -- scholars who will someday need a primary source to determine the color of a mail carrier's uniform in 1999, or the rules of etiquette at a city council meeting that wasn't conducted over the Internet.
Wiseman is the antithesis of public-TV favorites Ken and Ric Burns, who provide their viewers with inspiring music, flowery narration, and perfect literary quotes to explain every image on the screen.
For much of the film, Wiseman follows social workers as they care for the elderly and the handicapped, as if saying that a community can be judged by how well it tends to its most vulnerable.
www.filmvault.com /filmvault/boston/b/belfastmaine1.html   (814 words)

  
 Movies - Person - 67775   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman has been noted for his ability to capture the nuances of life in American institutions such as prisons, hospitals, welfare offices, and high schools.
It was controversial and left Wiseman with the reputation of being a muckraker.
Wiseman toned down his message and began focusing more on American culture to point out the symbolism of daily activities in his film Primate (1974).
www.mtv.com /movies/person/67775/personmain.jhtml   (255 words)

  
 May 5, 2002: The Innovators - Frederick Wiseman - FESTIVALS
And with a refreshing blunt humour and low tolerance for bull, Wiseman cut through the pretensions and got to the point of how and why he works as he does.
Unlike many of his colleagues, Wiseman is uninterested in putting forth a set agenda, and resists us vs. them dichotomies that tell us who to side with.
A documentary to Wiseman is "not an objective document" and he was unwavering on that point.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /hotdocs/hd05wiseman02.htm   (476 words)

  
 The Mac Weekly:What lurks in the heart of Frederick Wiseman?
Wiseman has been frequently named the greatest living non-fiction filmmaker in America; regardless of whether one agrees with this description, few can deny the innovation and artistic integrity that mark his prolific 35-year career.
Wiseman’s perennial subject, he has claimed again and again, is the relationship between individuals and institutions, and he approaches the theme with respect for both sides of the divide.
Frederick Wiseman: When I was a student, you know, film wasn’t as trendy as it is today.
www.macalester.edu /weekly/112103/arts01.html   (1171 words)

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