Frederick Wiseman speaks at Common Hour
OF OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
At last Friday's Common Hour, Bowdoin welcomed Frederick
Wiseman, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
In 1967, while working as a professor of law, Wiseman
made his first documentary film, Titicut Follies, a controversial
portrayal of conditions at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane
in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Since then, Wiseman has made more than
30 films primarily exploring American institutions-everything from high
schools to zoos to the world of modeling.
His most recent film, Belfast, Maine (1999),
about a beautiful old New England port city, documents ordinary experience
in a small American city.
Wiseman and his films have won many awards, including
the Irene Diamond Life-Time Achievement Award (2000) from the Human Rights
Watch. Wiseman's talk focused on the art of documentary filmmaking.