EXCLUSIVE: Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentary films in the past 50 years and the trailer for No. 40 is now here: the New York love letter In Jackson Heights, a feature-length snapshot of the diverse neighborhood in northwestern Queens. It is in the midst of its fall fest run, having premiered in Venice before screening in Toronto and now getting a slot in its hometown fest, the New York Film Festival, on Sunday, with Wiseman in attendance.
Wiseman, now 85, has won a slew of awards (curiously, though, no Oscar noms) including three Primetime Emmys, a Peabody and a Golden Lion in Venice is 2014 for lifetime achievement. His first docu, Titicut Follies, was released in 1967; his most recent, National Gallery, bowed last year at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight section.
The three-hour In Jackson Heights focuses on the people of the community — interviews range from Holocaust survivors and undocumented workers to members of LGBT support groups — and the changes looming there (and mirrored elsewhere) as gentrification and economic forces threaten to change the very things that make the neighborhood unique.
The pic opens theatrically November 4 at the Film Forum in NY before expanding throughout the month via Zipporah Films (the company exists just to distribute his films — with 40 in 50 years they are plenty busy).
Check out the trailer above.