Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman may be 85-years-old, but he’s working a clip worthy of a filmmaker half his age. He’s been busy knocking out documentaries at nearly one per year since 2009 (he did miss delivering something in 2012), and he continues to be in top form. His last two efforts, “National Gallery” (review here) and “At Berkeley” (our review), got some very good notices, and now he’s at the Venice Film Festival, where he’ll debut his next film, “In Jackson Heights.”
Once again, Wiseman is taking a deep, immersive look, this time bringing his camera to the titular New York City neighborhood, chronicling the diverse, multi-ethnic citizens, in a picture that runs over three-hours-long. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, live many immigrants coming from South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The movie, shot in eight weeks in the summer of 2014, follows the lives of Jackson Heights people, their work, the centers of religious and political aggregation, their cultural and social lives, always hanging in the balance between the will to stay tied to their tradition and the necessity to adapt to the American lifestyle.
Below, you can check out four clips from the documentary. The film will make its North American premiere at TIFF, and open on November 4th in New York at Film Forum. The documentary will also hit the New York Film Festival and CPH:DOX.