Laura poitras follows up citizenfour with an equally extraordinary portrait of julian assange and wikileaks a t a time when the british press is haranguing about an injunction into a celebrity threesome, we can take heart in the fact that laura poitras' latest film shows the vital role that journalism still plays in shaping the narrative. Citizenfour, laura poitras's intimate 2014 portrait of the backstory behind the publication of the edward snowden-leaked national security agency files, is the most prominent example of high-risk documentary filmmaking in recent years. 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. 'citizenfour,' the documentary film about global surveillance by filmmaker laura poitras, receives standing ovation at film fest and contains scene in which fellow journalist glenn greenwald tells edward snowden of new source. Edward snowden in moscow, filmed by laura poitras in her documentary citizen four littered through the nsa material is a smaller amount of material about australia's role in surveillance.
Citizenfour director laura poitras has gone in a rather different direction after she took the documentary prize in february for her examination of edward snowden and us government. Citizenfour director-producer laura poitras is teaming with aj schnack and charlotte cook to launch field of vision, a documentary unit that will commission and create 40 to 50 episodic and. Citizenfour is both an urgent tale torn from recent headlines and a compelling work of cinema, with all the paranoid density and abrupt changes of scenery of a john le carré novel.
Laura poitras at alice tully hall, lincoln center, on april 27, 2015 in new york city poitras has re-framed her story to turn her wikileaks documentary risk into a film by laura poitras about. The citizenfour documentarian on edward snowden and making a film amid breaking news laura poitras on her edward snowden documentary: i was a participant as much as a documentarian subscribe. Directed by laura poitras with edward snowden, glenn greenwald, william binney, jacob appelbaum a documentarian and a reporter travel to hong kong for the first of many meetings with edward snowden. Documentary filmmaker laura poitras is contacted through encrypted email by someone who goes by citizenfour citizenfour claims to have evidence of extensive and illegal surveillance conducted by the nsa, working with intelligence agencies around the world.
There are two ways to look at citizenfour, laura poitras's documentary about edward j snowden, the former national security agency contractor whose revelations of widespread surveillance. Laura poitras unpacks a historic intel controversy citizenfour must have been a maddening documentary to film its subject is pervasive global surveillance, an enveloping digital act that spreads. For laura poitras, there's no blurry line, it's journalism plus documentary filmmaking is journalism (fact finding) plus storytelling that reveals something more about the human condition. But the snowden story has something woodward's didn't: video footage of the encounter the video is part of a new documentary called citizenfour, by laura poitras, one of the journalists who met.
Risk wasn't the movie laura poitras expected to make the documentarian, who won an oscar for chronicling edward snowden's whistleblowing in citizenfour, spent years following. Laura poitras' 'citizenfour' is a documentary about edward snowden that combines the best elements of scifi and thriller. But poitras' involvement with someone in her movie reinforces an uncomfortable impression about the work — reinforces, really, the same impression all these other questions leave. The above description of the board game risk, coincidentally created by oscar-winning french documentary filmmaker albert lamorisse (le vent des amoureux), speaks directly to the subject matter of oscar-winning filmmaker laura poitras' new film of the same name on wikileaks founder julian assange.
Lauding journalism's 'watchdog role' news & announcements the nieman foundation presented the if stone medal for journalistic independence to documentary filmmaker laura poitras, whose film citizenfour has been nominated for an oscar. Citizenfour, the new documentary about edward snowden, by laura poitras, is, among other things, a work of journalism about journalism it opens with quotations from correspondence between. Documentary caught up with poitras to discuss documentary filmmaking, journalism and the making of citizenfour documentary : you were the first person to learn about snowden's massive collection of files. Laura poitras, director, citizenfour: well, as a document filmmaker, what i try to do is — it has all the components of journalism it has to be truthful and factual, but really it's.
The latest documentary about journalism's role in modern society follows the trial between hulk hogan and gawker following the publishing of hogan's sex tape on the site in 2012. Laura poitras takes documentaries into the future with field of vision with an ambitious new visual-journalism unit at the intercept, the citizenfour director is planning to take non-fiction film.