Zipporah Films, the distribution company of documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, will host a free community screening of IN JACKSON HEIGHTS, Wiseman’s latest film, at PS 69 in Jackson Heights on October 23, 2015. A free ticket is required for the event, which begins with a reception at 5:30pm Frederick Wiseman and Council Member Daniel Dromm will introduce the film at 6:30pm and a Q&A will follow at approximately 9:45pm. The screening is supported by the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms in association with Council Member Daniel Dromm and the Queens World Film Festival. The film opens theatrically at Film Forum in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, November 4.

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. Some are citizens, some have green cards, some are without documents. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. Some of the issues the film raises—assimilation, integration, immigration and cultural and religious differences—are common to all the major cities of the Western world. The subject of the film is the daily life of the people in this community—their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural and social lives—and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of the countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values. This is Frederick Wiseman’s third film in a trilogy about communities, the others being ASPEN and BELFAST, MAINE.

The Ford Foundation JustFilms supports independent film and digital storytelling projects that explore urgent social justice issues.

The Queens World Film Festival is an annual event screening the best of worldwide indie cinema with a multi-venue 6 day event. The organization also hosts year round programs for school children, young filmmakers and senior citizens. In their sixth year, the festival returns to Museum of the Moving Image, the Secret Theatre and PS 69, March 15-20, 2015.

Film Forum is New York City’s leading non-profit movie house. Since 1970, it has presented an international array of independent films and classic cinema. Documentaries make up approximately half of Film Forum’s annual premiere slate. Over the past decades, the cinema has premiered more films by Frederick Wiseman than any other director (most recently NATIONAL GALLERY, CRAZY HORSE, and LA DANSE).

Frederick Wiseman founded Zipporah Films in 1971, which has since been the exclusive distributor of all 40 of his documentaries, including WELFARE (1975), LA DANSE (2009), AT BERKELEY (2013), NATIONAL GALLERY (2014), and many more.

IN JACKSON HEIGHTS made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Openings in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, DC, and elsewhere will follow its November 4 theatrical premiere at Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, NYC).

Frederick Wiseman.

Frederick Wiseman.

Director /Sound/Editor/Producer – Frederick Wiseman. Photography – John Davey. Sound mix – Emmanuel Croset. Color grading – Gilles Granier. The film was produced by Moulins Films LLC with the support of Ford Foundation, PBS, ITVS, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Pershing Square Foundation. A Zipporah Films Release.

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