Kanopy.com becomes online home to more than three dozen documentaries by honorary Oscar winner
At the age of 88, Frederick Wiseman is entering new territory.
The acclaimed filmmaker, winner of an honorary Academy Award in 2016, is making his full catalogue of work available for streaming for the first time, on Kanopy.com. The service is free to holders of library cards at many public institutions including the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles County Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library, as well as many university library systems.
Kanopy is a valuable educational resource that will bring my films to the attention of a new and expanded audience.
Wiseman's distinguished body of work includes Titicut Follies (1967), Hospital (1970), Welfare (1975) and more recently In Jackson Heights (2015) and last year's Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (the latter title will appear on PBS later this year before it becomes available on Kanopy).
In a statement obtained by Deadline.com, Wiseman said, "I am very pleased that my films are going to be more widely available to universities and public libraries as a result of the recent Zipporah Films-Kanopy partnership to distribute my 40 documentaries. Kanopy is a valuable educational resource that will bring my films to the attention of a new and expanded audience."
Kanopy CEO Olivia Humphrey added, "Frederick Wiseman is one of the world’s most important filmmakers and we are thrilled to be able to share his iconic collection with our audience."
Wiseman has averaged about a film per year for more than 40 years, earning numerous awards including three Primetime Emmy Awards. His work elucidates the workings of institutions -- from hospitals to ballet companies to the military and welfare offices.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.