Laura Poitras, co-founder of First Look Media’s documentary unit Field of Vision, is stepping down from her role as executive producer to focus on directing.
The Academy Award winning director of Citizenfour will remain at First Look Media, headquartered in New York, to develop new projects.
Field of Vision, which describes itself as a “filmmaker-driven visual journalism unit,” will continue under the leadership of co-founder Charlotte Cook.
“I want to thank all the filmmakers who brought their films to Field of Vision during our first four years. Working with you has been one of the most profound creative experiences of my life, and I’m deeply grateful you trusted us,” Poitras (pictured) said in a statement. “I am excited about this transition because it will allow me to dive more deeply into new work.”
Poitras’s most recent film, Risk, premiered at the Cannes film festival in May 2016. The first film in her post-9/11 trilogy My Country, My Country, was nominated for an Oscar, while the second film, The Oath, was nominated for two Emmys.
Her other works include Flag Wars, which was co-directed with Linda Goode Bryant, and Project X, co-directed with Henrik Moltke, among others.
“It has been an absolute honor to work with Laura building Field of Vision. Her insight, dedication to risk-taking work and passion for cinema are at the heart of everything we do. We have all learnt more than we could have ever imagined, and are profoundly grateful for Laura’s leadership, vision and support,” Cook added.
Founded in 2015, Field of Vision has funded more than 70 shorts and provided support for 10 feature documentaries. Films supported by Field of Vision have received three Academy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards, and have premiered at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance.