Born Jan 1, 1930. From Boston, Massachusetts.
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Frederick Wiseman is one of the most established American documentary filmmakers working today and a pioneer of the observational mode and cinéma vérité. Wiseman’s films completely immerse viewers in social institutions (high schools, hospitals, clubs, etc.), and oftentimes, even without expository or interactive narration, will give voice to marginalized groups and evoke emotional responses from the audience. Producing and directing all of his films, usually in partnership with PBS, Wiseman has consistently created features that are moving and engaging while remaining essentially impartial. It is this balance of exploration and seeming objectivity that has made Wiseman a true master of documentary cinema.