The American Society of Cinematographers has tapped documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman to receive its award of distinction.
Kudos will be presented at the 20th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards Feb. 26 at the Century Plaza.
Past recipients include film critics Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin, historian Kevin Brownlow and documentarian Albert Maysles.
Wiseman has received three Emmys, a Peabody Award and career achievement nods from the Intl. Documentary Assn., Human Rights Watch Film Festival and DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival.
He earned his first film credit in 1963 as producer of “The Cool World,” centered on juveniles on the violent streets of Harlem. His first docu was “Titicut Follies,” about the state prison hospital for mentally ill criminals at Bridgewater, Mass., followed by “High School,” “Law and Order” and “Hospital.”
Wiseman’s current work is about the Idaho state legislature.
He also has directed seven plays.