Field of Vision Presents

Monday, March 21 - Sunday, March 27, 2016

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven visual journalism film unit co-created by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook that pairs filmmakers with developing and ongoing stories around the globe.

Field of Vision commissions and creates short and episodic films that uses visual journalism to expand how we understand the world, and works with leading filmmakers to take on developing and ongoing stories as they unfold. Launched in September 2015, Field of Vision is a collaboration with The Intercept and First Look Media.




BLACK BELT (Dir. Margaret Brown, 11 min.)
In September 2015, the State of Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every Alabama county to issue voter IDs. The Black Belt follows the Mobile Voter Registration unit to see how voters are registered in this new process.

LIKE (Dir. Garrett Bradley, 10 min.)
In our current world, where worth is often gauged by online popularity, an online economy has developed for paying for followers and likes. With unique access inside the “click-farms” of Bangladesh, Garrett Bradley explores this multi-million dollar industry that has developed to grow social media following for celebrities and brands alike.

CONCERNED STUDENT 1950 (Dir. Adam Dietrich, Varun Bajaj, Kellan Marvin, 32 min.)
A series of racist acts prompts three Mizzou students to pick up cameras and take us inside the student movement that brought down their college president. From the hunger strike, to victory, to the fear of violent reprisals, we live with the students who started a campus revolt.

SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT (Dir. AJ Schnack, 14 min.)
Speaking is Difficult always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos and disbelief. As the film rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a story about a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.

GATEKEEPER (Dir. Yung Chang, 39 min.)
A retired police detective has dedicated his life to preventing deaths at Japan’s famed suicide cliffs, providing not just immediate assistance but counseling and shelter with his impossibly small team. Meanwhile the cliffs are becoming a tourist attraction specifically for their notoriety as a popular suicide destination.

  • Running Time 110 minutes