State Legislature

The 2004 session of the state's basic democratic institution.

Premiere Date
June 13, 2007
210 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2007 New York Magazine -Best of 2007 Award
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    Frederick Wiseman

    Frederick Wiseman has made 39 documentaries and two fiction films. Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française Ou L'amour Joué, La Danse — le Ballet De L'opéra De Paris, and At Berkeley (Independent Lens, 2014). His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theater director and has directed The Last Letter, based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman's novel Life and Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Comédie Française. Mr. Wiseman received his BA from Williams College in 1951 and his LLB from Yale Law School in 1954. He has received honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College, Princeton University, and Williams College, among others. 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 and the Dan David Prize. He is also the recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Society (2013); the George Polk Career Award (2006); the American Society of Cinematographers Distinguished Achievement Award (2006); and the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion (2014); among many others.

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    The Film

    A state legislature is one of the basic democratic institutions. The film, by documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, shows the day-to-day operations of the Idaho legislature, i.e. committee meetings, expert testimony, lobbyists, and public interest groups, debates on the floor of the Senate and House, leadership meetings, and the general activities of the legislature.