Named Field of Vision, the unit is being developed in collaboration with First Look Media and journalism website The Intercept and looks to commission 40-50 short-form docs each year.
The unit will launch their debut project at the New York Film Festival in the form of Poitras’ “Asylum,” a short-form series tracking Julian Assange as he publishes diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. The official first season of episodes will debut September 29 on The Intercept, with a second season already being planned for early 2016. New works from Kirsten Johnson, Michael Moore, Shola Lynch, Beau Willimon, Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega will be included.
“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,” Poitras told the magazine. “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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“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,” added Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept.
Head over to Variety for more information about the upcoming project.