Welcome to Field of Vision, year two. Today, as we prepare to introduce a new slate of films that will explore UFOs, Myanmar, tax-free zones, mysterious buildings and unfolding stories from around the globe, we are thrilled to launch our new website at www.fieldofvision.org.
In Field of Vision’s first year we commissioned 22 short films, 4 episodic series, and 2 feature-length films. Our films have premiered at the New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Sundance, True/False, SXSW, Cannes, and have won several festival jury awards as well as the Webby Award for News and Politics: Series.
We believe deeply in the power of images to transform the world. In the upcoming year, we will remain focused on commissioning original short-form films and series that respond quickly to global events. We will also expand our collaborations with newsrooms and distribution platforms internationally.
Today we are also excited to launch a SecureDrop platform for sources to leak newsworthy audio/visual material. Without the abuse photographs of Abu Ghraib prison or citizen journalists documenting police killings of unarmed teenagers, the public would never understand these abuses of power.
We are creating this platform because images have a unique power to expose injustice, and because the mainstream media often exploits representations of violence. Non-fiction filmmakers have a long history of contextualizing images, and focusing attention on the structures that produce violence.
We begin our fall season with a collaboration with The New Yorker to publish AJ’s updated Speaking is Difficult, which has been expanded to include the mass shootings in Orlando and Dallas; today we are publishing the festival version of Stephen Maing’s Emmy-nominated The Surrender; and re-publishing The Journey, Matthew Cassel’s six-part series on Syrian refugees which originally premiered at NewYorker.com.
Next week we will premiere Yung Chang’s award-winning Gatekeeper, a haunting portrait of a retired policeman who patrols Japan’s steep cliffs looking to intercept suicide jumpers. Gatekeeper will be followed by Emily Pederson’s Mexico’s Missing Students, a wrenching look at the ongoing struggle of families to find answers in the 2-year case of 43 missing Mexican students.
On October 3, 2016, Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko’s The Vote, about the historic 2015 elections in Myanmar, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival to be followed by a launch on the Field of Vision site. In the coming weeks, Field of Vision will debut new films from Braden King, Elizabeth Lo, Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke and Hito Steyerl, among others
Field of Vision is filmmaker-driven. We have been inspired by our collaborations with both veteran and first-time filmmakers over this past year. We are eager to hear your pitches and for feedback, and to commission new voices with unique access to a developing story. To submit a project idea, please review our submission guidelines to learn what we do (and what we don’t do) here.
We would like to express our thanks to the design team of First Look Media for building a site that beautifully showcases the work of our filmmakers, with special thanks to Allegra Denton, Jorge Jackson, Andy Gillette, and Stéphane Elbaz for his design vision.
Endless thanks to Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Betsy Reed at The Intercept who we will continue to collaborate with in the coming year. A big shout out to the extraordinary First Look Media research team led by Lynn Dombek. We are indebted to our resident First Amendment expert Lynn Oberlander and we could not protect sources without the tireless efforts of Erinn Clark and Micah Lee. Field of Vision would not be possible without the support of Pierre Omidyar, Michael Bloom, and Adam Pincus.
And finally, we could not do our work without our incredible team of Bryce Renninger, Farihah Zaman, and Ben Garchar. We are thrilled to welcome Anne Neczypor to Field of Vision as Supervising Producer. A special thanks to Eric Hynes, who will continue to conduct our Field Note interviews with filmmakers.
To be continued…
Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack, Charlotte Cook