Last week I sat down with documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman to facilitate a Reddit AMA, a forum that stands for “Ask Me Anything” and provides a platform for anyone (from niche personalities to the most famous celebrities) to answer questions posed from a community of over 9 million subscribers.
Over the course of two hours, Wiseman answered almost 100 questions from the Reddit community. He gave advice to young filmmakers (“Marry rich”), compared boxing to ballet, and confessed that he’s always wanted to portray the White House as part of his institutional series.
The AMA is archived on Reddit, where you can go back and read his answers at any time. Please give it a read through – his answers are so insightful and true to his style of filmmaking.
This kind of experience is exactly why I love social media. The entire experience might not have driven thousands to tune in to his PBS broadcast that evening (if you didn’t catch it, you can watch National Gallery here), but it provided a space to have a unique, extremely special, substantive and direct conversation with a figure previously sealed off from the public.
It was one of the best experiences of my professional life — and he even signed my old college thesis on documentary filmmaking.