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Doc maker Wiseman to get retrospective, career honor

Human Rights Watch lauds pioneer

Docu pioneer Frederick Wiseman will receive the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Frederick Wiseman: American Filmmaker retrospective, which starts today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

Award is being given by the Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival, which will run at Lincoln Center in June and is a sponsor of the current program.

The Gotham premiere of “Belfast, Maine” will lead off 30 docus, Wiseman’s entire corpus, to unspool through Feb. 24. Among the pics — all of which were made from the 1960s to the 1990s for broadcast on Thirteen/WNET New York — are “Central Park,” “Missile,” “Model,” “Essene,” “Near Death,” “Zoo,” “Comedie Francaise,” the formerly banned “Titicut Follies” and the Emmy-winning “Law and Order.”

Five of the films will be followed by panel discussions, scheduled to feature New Yorker film critic David Denby and the Nation’s Stuart Klawans, among others.

For more information, call the Lincoln Center box office at (212) 875-5600 or visit http://www.filmlinc.com.

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