“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 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.
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.
“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.”
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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.