Fred Wiseman

Fred Wiseman: Hospital

Benefit screening for media artist Tucker Stilley

"It is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been. You look misery in the eye and you realize there's nothing to be afraid of..." Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"The chief characteristic of all Wiseman’s films -- and the source of their tremendous emotional impact -- is his instinctive sympathy for people who must confront the specific, human effects of vast, impersonal human social forces..." Richard Schickel, Life

This rare, benefit screening of Fred Wiseman’s landmark documentary film Hospital (1969, 85 min., 16mm) reveals the daily activities of a large urban hospital with an emphasis on its emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate healthcare.

Proceeds from the screening will benefit local media artist Tucker Stilley, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Both Stilley and his wife, local filmmaker Lindsay Moffard, have worked with Wiseman, who offered them the opportunity to screen his work in support of the family. Narrowing down the list of their favorite Wiseman documentaries, they choose, with sense of humor and irony, Hospital.

Tucker Stilley’s newest media works will be projected in the lounge and lobby before and after the screening in the theater, including Gyre, a10-part projected video meditation on the great pacific garbage patch;.Time-Weaves, a sloppy bouquet of consumer stand-alone slide-show LCD screens; and Paint-Ons, inspired by Le Mystère Picasso directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Stilley paints directly into a video stream creating an animated record of all his gestures.

A reception immediately follows, featuring delicious food from Justin Cropper, Executive Chef of Traxx Restaurant, complimentary beverages and a no-host bar.

Date & time Candy Striper | Nurse | Doctor | Surgeon
THU 10/23
8 pm
$25 $50 $125 $250

Tickets for this special benefit screening are also available through the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.

Tucker Stilley Bio
Tucker Stilley has brought a unique style to his professional work for over thirty years as artist, sound designer and film editor. A founding member of the Neo-Hobbyist Movement (Boston, 1980s), Tucker’s love of the whimsical and contrary has led him across a wide expanse of projects, from Hollywood ultra-mega-blockbusters like, Armegeddon, to influential, subversive, independent documentaries, to literally hundreds of music videos.

Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2004, Tucker has lost the use of his limbs, and now uses a reflective bindi dot on his forehead to control a complex system of computer technology, largely of his own design.

A self-described "Anarchival Research Gimp," Tucker creates art from “heavily pre-digested media scrounged from the depths of Google.” Recombining the found objects, Tucker forms multi-media collage of sight and sound that explore the strangest side effect of his disease -- time travel. "Master it into the ether, not onto disk. Time is our medium - either you did it or... you didn’t" --Tucker Stilley

See for more about the art of Tucker Stilley and Permanent Record"

Frederick Wiseman Bio
Frederick Wiseman, an original and prolific documentary filmmaker, is the creator of 36 films. He explores institutions that are part of contemporary society. Wiseman has earned wide acclaim and critical respect for his unique approach, which avoids such filmmaking conventions as narration, interviews, and added music.

Wiseman’s filmmaking career began in 1967 with Titicut Follies, a look at conditions inside the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The only American film ever censored for reasons other than obscenity or national security, Titicut Follies was banned for 24 years by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until the ruling was overturned in 1991.

In the four decades since, Wiseman has made films about many key institutions of the late 20th century. Among his best known are: High School; High School II; Hospital; Welfare; Basic Training; Law and Order; Meat; Model; Central Park; Public Housing; Near Death; The Store; Ballet; Belfast, Maine; Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence 2 and State Legislature.

In addition to filmmaking, Wiseman also directs for the theatre. His most recent theatrical project was a production of Samuel Beckett's Oh, Les Beaux Jours at La Comédie Française starring Catherine Samie. He has also directed La Derniere Lettre, a play based on a chapter of Vassili Grossman’s novel, “Life and Fate," and multiple productions at the American Repertory Theatre.

In 2006, Wiseman received the American Society of Cinematographers Distinguished Achievement Award and the George Polk Career Award. He has also been awarded the Dan David Prize (2003), the Irene Diamond Award for Lifetime Achievement (2000), the Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, (2000), the Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal by the University of Chicago (1999), and the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1987).

Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has won numerous awards including three Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Columbia DuPont Award. His work has been screened in major film festivals and retrospectives around the world. Frederick Wiseman received his BA from Williams College and his LLB from the Yale Law School. He has received numerous honorary doctorates.

See for a complete filmography and more about Fred Wiseman.

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M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff