Thursday, July 2, 2015

Frederick Wiseman, "In Jackson Heights" fundraising campaign

I have just received the following press release from Zipporah Films:


Zipporah Films, Inc.
One Richdale Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

For Release: Thursday, June 18 at 11:00am ET / 3:00pm PT
Contact: Karen Konicek 617-576-3603,


JUNE 18, 2015 – Zipporah Films launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund Frederick Wiseman’s 40th documentary, IN JACKSON HEIGHTS. This neighborhood in Queens, New York, is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States. The film, shot over the course of eight weeks during the summer of 2014, is currently in the post-production stage and will be released theatrically in the fall of 2015. We are fundraising to cover completion and release costs.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $75,000 in thirty days. This is the first Kickstarter campaign to fund a Frederick Wiseman film. Rewards include signed posters, DVDs, other memorabilia, and opportunities to arrange a private screening of IN JACKSON HEIGHTS or a Skype session with Mr. Wiseman.

Wiseman is an award-winning documentarian focusing on a diverse range of subjects, from his first, ground-breaking film TITICUT FOLLIES (1967), about conditions at the Massachusetts State Prison for the Criminally Insane to most recently the inner workings of London’s famed art museum in NATIONAL GALLERY, released in 2014.

Rigorously shot, impeccably edited and at times startling in their beauty, [Wiseman's] films usher us into often otherwise anonymous spaces and lives, and help make the invisible visible.
                    – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

– Time Out

A film by Frederick Wiseman
A Zipporah Films Release

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary

Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary, a collection of original essays--one on each of Moore's films, will be published in June 2015 by Southern Illinois University Press.