Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman has made 37 documentaries and 2 fiction films.  Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française ou l’Amour Joué, and La Danse—Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris.  His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience.  He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed “The Last Letter,” based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman’s novel Life and Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” at the Comédie Française.  He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.