Frederick Wiseman on City Hall, Documentaries During Covid-19, Reaching a New Audience, and His Next Films

Frederick Wiseman on City Hall, Documentaries During Covid-19, Reaching a New Audience, and His Next Films
Frederick Wiseman’s latest film, the four-and-a-half-hour documentary on Boston’s City Hall, finds him embraced by the city he calls home (when not editing in Paris) and given free rein to various departments. City Hall recently aired on PBS and is currently streaming on the organization’s website, marking a poetic full circle from Wiseman’s debut film, the Boston-set Titicut Follies, which spent more than two decades in censorship following a brief theatrical run.

When we talked to Wiseman, who has been stuck in Paris since editing City Hall due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he had just received his first dose of the vaccine. The conversation gave us a chance to discuss his latest film, his body of work finding new audiences via Kanopy, and what’s next for the 91-year-old.

The Film Stage: Congratulations on getting the vaccine shot.

Frederick Wiseman: I’m very relieved.

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