Laura Poitras‘ documentary unit Field of Vision has unveiled Adele Free Pham’s documentary short State of Oregon as the latest project to launch on the visual journalism site.
The 10-minute film focuses on the killing of 19-year-old African-American teen Larnell Bruce (pictured), who was mowed down in Sept. 2016 by a 38-year-old white supremacist following an altercation outside of a 7-Eleven in Gresham, Oregon.
The film will also offer an in-depth look into the racial hatred that persists in Oregon, while also following the forthcoming trial of Jeremy Christian, another white supremacist accused of stabbing three men who were defending two young African-American women, one of whom wearing a traditional Muslim hijab, on a light rail train in Portland.
State of Oregon marks the fifth short in Field of Vision and Firelight Media’s “Our 100 Days” initiative, in which filmmakers “explore threats to U.S. democracy and tell the stories of targeted communities in the current highly polarized political climate.”
Field of Vision was launched in September 2015 by Poitras, filmmaker AJ Schnack and CPH:DOX programmer Charlotte Cook. The doc unit pairs docmakers with ongoing news stories and commissions and creates 40 to 50 original episodic and one-off short-form, non-fiction films in collaboration with news site The Intercept and First Look Media.