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Field of Vision names second annual fellows

Field of Vision, the award-winning documentary unit of Laura Poitras and First Look Media, has unveiled its 2019 fellows. The fellowship program, which was launched in 2018, aims to support budding documentary makers. The ...
February 20, 2019

Field of Vision, the award-winning documentary unit of Laura Poitras and First Look Media, has unveiled its 2019 fellows.

The fellowship program, which was launched in 2018, aims to support budding documentary makers.

The four 2019 Field of Vision Fellows are Egyptian artist and filmmaker Heba Y. Amin (pictured, left) and her Field of Vision-supported film Homeland is Not A Series; Brooklyn artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia M. Gary and her in-production film The Evidence of Things Not Seen; Brazilian director, producer and cinematographer Heloisa Passos and her project Karollyne and Birdie; and Karachi, Pakistan-born filmmaker Bassam Tariq (right) and his 2019 Sundance-premiering Ghosts of Sugar Land (headed to SXSW 2019, True/False 2019).

This year’s fellows have been selected from filmmakers who have worked on, or have a film currently in production, with Field of Vision. The year-long collaborative program offers creative and financial support, as well as workshops throughout the year in the areas of digital security, research and legal issues. The fellows will also be invited to participate in the doc unit’s editorial process, from identifying topical stories to offering director feedback and guidance.

“These four filmmakers are rule breakers, troublemakers, and innovators who subvert the boundaries of cinematic form and storytelling. In addition to supporting their individual practice, we hope the fellowship will create a space for the exchange of ideas, skills, and methodologies,” said Poitras, Field of Vision’s co-founder and executive producer, in a statement.

Two Field of Vision-supported films, Hale County, This Morning, This Evening by RaMell Ross and short doc A Night at The Garden by Marshall Curry, have been nominated for 2019 Academy Awards.

Additionally, six Field of Vision-supported docs were screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and two received jury awards. 2019 fellow Tariq won the non-fiction short film jury award for Ghosts of Sugar Land, and Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory took home the Sundance U.S. documentary directing award.

Founded in 2015, Field of Vision has funded 71 shorts, five series and provided support to 25 feature-length documentaries.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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