Wednesdays with Wiseman – Virtual Cinema Series

Date and Time

Wed, Oct 28
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST


Virtual Cinema


All titles will be available on their launch date on AFS@home.

Join us for a virtual cinema series that will feature a classic film by legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman each week, as curated by some of the top filmmakers in the field. They will join Mr. Wiseman for a pre-recorded conversation prior to the films, with a new one being featured each Wednesday leading up to the release of his latest film, CITY HALL, on November 6th. Frederick Wiseman will also join us for a live Zoom Q&A about CITY HALL with members on Sunday 11/15 at 12 PM. More details to come.

BALLET (1995)


The series will begin on October 21 with Academy Award winner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (FREE SOLO) doing a pas-de-deux with Mr. Wiseman about BALLET. BALLET is a film about the American Ballet Theatre, and shows choreographers, ballet masters and mistresses working with principle dancers, soloists, and the corps de ballet as well as the administration and fundraising aspects of the company.



Academy Award winner Errol Morris (THE FOG OF WAR) goes through the maneuvers with Mr. Wiseman on October 28 with SINAI FIELD MISSION (1978). The film documents the routine activities of the diplomats and electronic technicians who operate the United States Sinai Field Mission, the early warning system established in 1976 to help carry out the disengagement agreement between Egypt and Israel following the 1973 war.



Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP) pay tribute to health care workers on November 4 with a screening of Wiseman’s documentary that shows the day-to-day activities in a large urban hospital with particular emphasis on the emergency ward and out-patient clinics.


Mr. Wiseman is a film and theater director of 45 films, primarily focusing on American institutions. In 2019, he was the honoree of the Library Lions Award from the New York Public Library and received the Pennebaker Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. In 2018, he was the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. In 2016, he received an Honorary Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Directors. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won numerous awards, including four Emmys. In recent years, he directed The Belle of Amherst, Beckett’s Happy Days in Paris and Vasily Grossman’s The Last Letter at the Comédie-Française in Paris and Theatre for a New Audience in New York. A ballet inspired by his first film, TITICUT FOLLIES (1967), premiered at the New York University Skirball Theater in 2017.

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