The answer, which he got in … Director Frederick Wiseman talks about his 1968 documentary High School saying that he does not like to focus on a particular character, but rather make films that focus on a place. When Frederick Wiseman started making documentaries, he used to wonder if there was a limit to what people would allow him to shoot.. Frederick Wiseman: ‘I’m not a fly on the wall. Frederick Wiseman’s last two films focused on the dense and diverse communities of New York City, but for his 41st feature film, the legendary documentarian headed … Interview. But on a brisk afternoon in Cambridge the day before New Year's Eve, Frederick Wiseman resists this notion. Frederick Wiseman was born in Boston 87 years ago, and after embarking on a career in law, he moved into documentary filmmaking in the mid-’60s with the formerly banned-in-Boston—and everywhere else until 1991—Titicut Follies (1967). Some see the act of looking back as an integral part of moving forward. The New Year can be as much a time to reflect as it can be to project into the future. INTERVIEW: Director of Monrovia, Indiana, Frederick Wiseman Susan Kouguell interviews documentary director Frederick Wiseman at Manhattan’s Film Forum on the day before his new film Monrovia, Indiana was beginning its run at the same venue. I t’s not easy to prise Frederick Wiseman away from his work.