Laura Poitras to preview Assange series at NYFF

The Citizenfour Oscar winner's Asylum, an episodic doc about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is among the titles screening in the festival's Spotlight on Documentary program.
August 25, 2015

Laura Poitras will preview a documentary series about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the New York Film Festival.

The series is among 12 feature, episodic and short-form titles set to screen in the 53rd annual festival’s Spotlight on Documentary program.

Asylum is Poitras’ follow-up to Citizenfour, her Oscar-winning feature doc on National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, which world premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival.

The series is billed as “a behind-the-scenes drama” that follows Assange as he publishes classified U.S. State Department cables and seeks political asylum inside London’s Ecuadorian embassy. The screening is part of a program titled “Field of Vision: New Episodic Television” that will also include other multi-part works to be announced at a later date.

Other world premieres include Everything Is Copy, writer Jacob Bernstein’s HBO Films-produced documentary about his late mother Nora Ephron; and James Solomon’s The Witness, about a 1964 murder case that became legendary after The New York Times published a report asserting that 38 witnesses did nothing to stop the crime.

Pamela Yates’ Rebel Citizen, about her friendship with cinematographer and activist Haskell Wexler, and Immigration Battle, from How Democracy Works filmmaking duo Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, will also premiere at NYFF.

The Spotlight on Documentary section will also host Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words; Portuguese filmmaking couple Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel’s Fish Tail; Abbas Fahdel’s Homeland (Iraq Year Zero); Walter Salles’ Jia  Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang; James Crump’s Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art; and Carmen Castillo’s political essay film We Are Alive.

Rounding out the line-up is Frederick Wiseman’s In Jackson Heights, which will continue its festival run in New York following screenings in Toronto and Venice.

Other TIFF titles headed to New York include Michael Moore‘s Where To Invade Next?  – screening as part of the festival’s Main Slate – Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog and the restoration of Marcel Ophüls’ The Memory of Justice. The latter two are part of the festival’s Special Events program.

The North American Premiere of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s De Palma and Paul Thomas Anderson’s first doc Junun – about The Master filmmaker’s trip to India with musical collaborator and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood – will also screen in the Special Events section.

The New York Film Festival takes places from September 25 to October 11.

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