Magazine article Screen International

Frederick Wiseman Plans Documentary about UC Berkeley

Magazine article Screen International

Frederick Wiseman Plans Documentary about UC Berkeley

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As he unveils Crazy Horse in Venice, Wiseman talks about new project about a large university.

Celebrated 81-year-old US documentary maker Frederick Wiseman, whose new documentary Crazy Horse (about the famed cabaret club in Paris) is screening in Venice, has revealed details of his next project. Likely to be called University or At Berkeley, the film is a verite-style documentary about the running of the Univesity of California - Berkeley."It's about how a large university is run - about student life and academic life. The University Of California, which is one of the great universities of the world, has had its budgets cut severely because of the recession. Berkeley used to get 65% of its budget from the State (of California.) It now gets 10%," Wiseman said of the project. "There were a lot of meetings about how to deal with the financial crisis and they let me in on these meetings."Wiseman has already shot many hours of footage and is contemplating making two separate films from his material.Crazy Horse (handled internationally by Celluloid Dreams) is also expected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival. …

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