At 88, Frederick Wiseman is considered by many the greatest documentarian working today. The filmmaker behind Titicut Follies, High School, and, more recently, La danse, At Berkeley, and Ex Libris, has set a standard for nonfiction filmmaking. The recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 2016, the prolific filmmaker’s latest at NYFF is Monrovia, Indiana, set in a town with just over a thousand people located in the American heartland. Meet the man who has helped define a genre as he talks about his latest film and also looks back at his illustrious career with Kent Jones.
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. Since 1963, NYFF has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, the avant-garde showcase Projections, and much more.
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