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For 'Citizenfour' director Laura Poitras, a bold new platform for documentary film

For 'Citizenfour' director Laura Poitras, a bold new platform for documentary film

Most directors who win an Oscar follow a well-trod path: They entertain new offers from producers and financiers or they look to jumpstart their own long-gestating film project.

"Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras has gone in ‎a rather different direction. After she took the documentary prize in February for her examination of Edward Snowden and U.S. government surveillance, she decided to try something few filmmakers undertake: become an entrepreneur.

Poitras and the documentary-world veterans Charlotte Cook and AJ Schnack have created Field of Vision, a company that will commission short-form documentaries and make them available for free streaming on its...

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