Field of Vision, the cinematic journalism unit of First Look Media, has just kicked off its second year with a new website whose centerpiece is SecureDrop, a means of anonymously leaking newsworthy images and videos. It’s also been announced that Laura Poitras, who won an Academy Award for her 2014 documentary “Citizenfour” and co-created Field of Vision alongside AJ Schnack and Charlote Cook, is leaving The Intercept to focus on expanding the nonfiction platform.
“Without the images from Abu Ghraib Prison disclosed by whistleblower Joseph Darby, the world would never know the torture and abuse that occurred there,” Poitras, who co-founded Field of Vision, said in a statement. “Images can literally transform how we understand the world. We believe the public has a right to not only know, but also a right to see. Our new SecureDrop will help make this possible.”
The new season will begin next week with Yung Chang’s “Gatekeeper,” followed by Emily Pederson’s “They Took Them Alive” and Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko’s “The Vote.” New films from Elizabeth Lo, Henrik Moltke, Hito Steyerl and Poitras herself will also be featured in the coming weeks, ditto Anders Sømme Hammer’s four-part series about militias battling ISIS.