For Tablet Magazine, I went up to Belfast, Maine, to meet with the filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. We discussed his life and career, from growing up in Boston to how he came to create a body of work of more than 40 films and a few plays.

“For decades, critics in high and low places have been taking turns missing the point of Wiseman’s films, not being right or wrong in their assessments of quality—even the most critical acknowledge that Frederick Wiseman is a genius of some kind—but rather failing to assess Wiseman’s work by his own ambitions.”