Film­maker Fred­er­ick Wise­man re­ceives Gover­nors Award

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

LOS AN­GE­LES » Fred­er­ick Wise­man is not a Hol­ly­wood guy. The film­maker has been qui­etly mak­ing doc­u­men­taries from his home base in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, since 1967, ex­plor­ing such sub­jects as meat pro­duc­tion, wel­fare, a ski town and a hos­pi­tal for the crim­i­nally in­sane.

Though none of his films re­ceived Academy Awards bids, Wise­man ac­cepted an hon­orary Os­car Satur­day at the film academy’s eighth an­nual Gover­nors Awards.

“I’m very pleased. It was a big sur­prise,” Wise­man said dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view from Paris, where he is fin­ish­ing his lat­est film. “The kind of thing I do is re­ally not done in Hol­ly­wood. And I’m quite con­tent to pur­sue my ca­reer from my home in Cam­bridge.”

His next film (his 44th) is about the New York Pub­lic Li­brary.

In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, a woman stops to look at a makeshift me­mo­rial for ac­tor Robin Wil­liams out­side a home which was used in the film­ing of the movie “Mrs. Doubt­fire” in San Fran­cisco.

Fred­er­ick Wise­man

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