Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven visual journalism film unit co-created by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook that pairs filmmakers with developing and ongoing stories around the globe.
Laura Poitras is a filmmaker and journalist. Her film CITIZENFOUR won an Oscar for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Directors Guild of America. The first film in her post-9/11 trilogy, My Country, My Country, was nominated for an Oscar. The second film, The Oath, was nominated for two Emmys. Her reporting on NSA surveillance received the George Polk Award for National Security journalism, and shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Her most recent film, Risk premiered at the Cannes film festival in May 2016. She recently exhibited her first solo museum show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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AJ Schnack is a nonfiction filmmaker. His work includes Speaking is Difficult (2016), Caucus (2013), We Always Lie To Strangers (2013), Convention (2009), Kurt Cobain About A Son (2006) and Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002). He has created episodic series on American electoral politics for Vanity Fair (Nomination, 2016), Fusion (Primaries, 2016) and Al Jazeera America (Midterms, 2014). He is the Founding Director of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Charlotte Cook is a curator, writer and producer. Prior to Field of Vision, she was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. In London, Charlotte was the Head of Film Programming at The Frontline Club. She has also worked with BBC Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Creative Catalyst Fund and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she curated the strand Conflict | Reportage. In addition to her work at Field of Vision, Charlotte is currently a programmer at CPH:DOX.
Anne Neczypor is a New York-based producer. Her credits include Supervising Producer on AJ Schnack’s documentary series Primaries, and Post Production Supervisor for Joel David Moore’s feature Youth in Oregon, and Laura Poitras's Risk. She has a long history of industry experience starting in casting at CBS, then moving on to the legal department at ABC, and later consulting for post and production companies supporting the film & TV industries in New York. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Bryce J. Renninger is the Editorial Manager of Field of Vision. He is a filmmaker, journalist, and educator. He produced the feature documentary Hotline (Hot Docs 2014) and the forthcoming fiction feature After Louie. Previously, he was an editor at Indiewire and a programmer at NewFest: New York’s Premier LGBT Film Festival and the Brooklyn Film Festival. He holds a Ph.D. in Media Studies from Rutgers University.
Farihah Zaman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer who is currently the Production Manager for Field of Vision. She began working in the industry as the Acquisitions Manager for indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures in 2006. Her first feature film is the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, followed by the short Kombit (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and second feature This Time Next Year (2014 Tribeca Film Festival). She currently writes for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Film Comment, and The A.V. Club, among others.