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Sept 9 2015

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“Citizenfour” director-producer Laura Poitras is teaming with AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook to launch Field of Vision, a documentary unit that will commission and create 40 to 50 episodic and short-form nonfiction films each year.

Field of Vision was developed in collaboration with The Intercept and First Look Media. The Intercept, launched in 2014 by Glenn Greenwald, Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, is a website “dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism.

Field of Vision will then start its first season on Sept. 29 on The Intercept through November with a second season to debut in early 2016. The first two season will feature new works by Kirsten Johnson, Heloisa Passos, Iva Radivojevic, Michael Moore, Shola Lynch, Yung Chang, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, Beau Willimon, Dustin Guy Defa, Jarred Alterman, Jill Magid, Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega.

Field of Vision will launch at the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival on Sept. 27 with Poitras’ “Asylum,” a short-form series tracking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he publishes diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.

“Our goal with Field of Vision is to create a platform that responds quickly to the world around us, tells great stories with images, and encourages artistic risk taking with a fast production cycle,” said Poitras. “In building Field of Vision, AJ, Charlotte and I are inspired by past examples such as World in Action and Life magazine.”

Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept, said in a statement, “Field of Vision will amplify The Intercept’s core mission while taking us in entirely new directions — injecting the vision of groundbreaking documentary filmmakers into the swirl of digital journalism.”

“Citizenfour,” which centered on Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal, won an Academy Award for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Awards and the Directors Guild of America.

Schnack’s films include “Caucus,” “Kurt Cobain: About a Son” and “Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns).” Cook was the director of programming at Hot Docs and the head of film programming and training at the Frontline Club in London.


http://variety.com/2015/film/news/citizenfour-laura-poitras-documentary-unit-1201589083/
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"Field of Vision will launch at the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival on Sept. 27 with Poitras’ “Asylum,” a short-form series tracking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he publishes diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy."


  This part I do find interesting. I wonder how she will present this scenario. It is a very tricky path for any film maker to deal with Assange. He will want to approve and control every second of content in the film.

 While Poitras was on stage at the Oscars accepting an award for "Citizenfour", she of course did not mention Assange in any context. It would not have been appropriate. There were Assange fanatics that went wild saying how dare she have the opportunity to speak on a world stage and not mention him.

 Now she is going to debut this series with a short film about Assange. This could be very tricky indeed. I simply do not see her playing into his conspiracy theories. Will it be a short film about him first releasing the documents and then seeking asylum without all of the drama of the bashing of Swedish law, the US secret plot to get him to the US, and all that?

 From what I can tell, Poitras is an honest film maker and I have admired her work. Assange is not honest and impossible when it comes to controlling content about him being made public. I am not sure how this is going to turn out.
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