Doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be honored at the AFI-Discovery Channel SilverDocs Documentary Festival, taking place June 21 – 27 in Silver Springs, MD. Wiseman will be honored at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, a centrepiece of the doc festival. The Symposium, named after the late, four-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim, honors a filmmaker who has mastered the power of documentary and inspires audiences with powerful explorations of the human experience. Past recipients include Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008) and Albert Maysles (2009).
As part of the Symposium, the festival will screen a series of excerpts from Wiseman’s body of documentary work. Following the screening, Wiseman will be joined by special guests to engage in a discussion of Wiseman’s career. “For over four decades, Wiseman has used a 16mm camera and portable sound equipment to create an exceptional body of work consisting of over thirty feature-length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions,” said Sky Sitney, Artistic Director in a statement. “We are thrilled to recognize his vast contribution to cinema and the documentary form.” [Brian Brooks]