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'Citizenfour' Oscar Winner Laura Poitras Launching New Documentary Unit

9 September 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Citizenfour' Team Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Talk to the Late David Carr  Laura Poitras, the Oscar-winning documentarian behind "Citizenfour" and "The Oath," is launching a new documentary unit alongside Aj Schnack and Charlotte Cook, announced Variety earlier today. 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 »

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Q&A: ‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras on Telling Snowden About the Oscar Nom

12 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Citizenfour” is the rare doc that captures history as it happened. Laura Poitras was one of a select group of journalists in Edward Snowden’s inner orbit as the National Security Agency whistleblower unveiled documents exposing the U.S. government’s vast surveillance programs. Her camera captured a team of reporters and the world’s most infamous hacker in a Hong Kong hotel room as they broke one of the biggest stories of the decade.

Does Snowden know about your nomination?

I did touch base with him, so he knows. He had a joke. He said, “I wasn’t so sure it was such a good idea to have cameras involved.”

Do you think Snowden is a traitor for sharing classified documents?

I don’t think he’s a traitor, but that’s for people to make their own judgments. He felt the public had the right to know that »

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'Citizenfour' Sweeps the 8th Annual Cinema Eye Honors

7 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Laura Poitras' acclaimed Edward Snowden documentary "Citizenfour" swept the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, picking up four awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction. This marks the second time in Cinema Eye history that a film won four awards. The first film to do so was Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir." Poitras also made Cinema Eye history as the first person to win the Outstanding Direction award twice. She previously won for "The Oath" in 2011. The Nick Cave documentary "20,000 Days on Earth" followed with two wins for Outstanding Cinematography and Musical Score. Alan Hicks' "Keep On Keepin' On" won the Audience Choice Prize, and the Nonfiction Short Film award went to Lucy Walker's "The Lions Mouth Open." Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green hosted this year's event, with an audio assist from "Serial" podcast host Sarah. »

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