12:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Camerimage to Honor Frederick Wiseman
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be presented with the Camerimage Award for Outstanding Achievements In Documentary Filmmaking during the 25th Camerimage Festival, set to run Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Wiseman has directed 40 documentaries since 1967 and in 2016 received an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
According to Camerimage: "Although in his films he analyzes the ways of mainly American institutions, as well as their influence over people’s mentality and identity, Wiseman excels in creating humanistic cinematic odysseys that are extremely accurate observations of the condition of the modern Western world. ... He finds human drama in the mundanity of everyday life, and recognizes the mundanity of everyday life in each and every human drama he depicts."
Wiseman's directorial debut, 1967's Titicut Follies, observed the workings of a state prison hospital for the criminally insane. His other films include Boxing Gym (2010), in which the titular facility becomes a meeting place for people from various backgrounds who find the motivation in sport to face the grayness of the everydayness; Basic Training (1971), in which Wiseman showcases how young people are being shaped into soldiers; and In Jackson Heights (2015), which shows bits and pieces of how life goes within the titular neighborhood in Queens, New York, that became famous for its cultural and ethnic diversity. Additional credits include Deaf (1986), Welfare (1975) and La danse (2009).
Wiseman's frequent collaborator, cinematographer John Davey, will also be a guest of Camerimage.