Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has a career that has spanned over five decades, and this November he will release his three-hour-plus community study entitled “In Jackson Heights,” which just so happens to mark his fortieth feature.
In typical Wiseman fashion, “In Jackson Heights” features no narration or story arcs and merely relies on its mosaic-like editing to weave together an ambitious portrait of the Queens, NY community, which is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world.
The film was one of Indiewire’s Projects of the Day earlier this year, where Wiseman explained more about his subject matter. “There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. Some are citizens, some have green cards, some are without documents,” he said. “The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. The film raises issues of assimilation, integration and immigration, as well as the cultural and religious differences that exist in all the major cities of the Western world.”
“In Jackson Heights” opens at New York City’s Film Forum on November 4. Wiseman is also currently the subject of a month-long retrospective at Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image. Watch the trailer for his latest above.