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Let's All Commit Acts of Citizen Journalism

Michael Nigro | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Michael Nigro

Six corporate leviathans stand right on top of mainstream media's metaphorical garden hose, and by simply shifting their bloat about, control the flow...

Laura Poitras at the Whitney: The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Pierre Guerlain

Daniel Bell coined the expression "the cultural contradictions of capitalism" in the 1970s but here I wish to point out a slightly different contradic...

A New Violent Image: Laura Poitras at The Whitney

Christian Hendricks | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Christian Hendricks

To say that cameras are powerful tools is an aging understatement. Since their invention, cameras have been used to document significant events and mo...

'Homeland Is Not a Series' Now Showing on Laura Poitras' Field of Vision

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

Homeland Is Not a Series is a quick, interesting, quirky and insightful look at what has come to be known as "The Homeland Incident," showing now on Field of Vision.

Traveling the World With Michael Moore: Where to Invade Next

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Michael Moore's latest satiric film, Where to Invade Next, travels to Finland and Tunisia among other places with a central conceit: Countries most Americans wouldn't imagine to be so advanced are doing some things better than we are, so why not learn from them, and get our shit together?

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

A Riveting Never-Before-Broadcast Q&A with Academy Award-Winning Documentary Film Director Laura Poitras of Citizenfour Fame

Nicholas Snow | Posted 05.13.2016 | Entertainment
Nicholas Snow

I am honored to present exclusive audio of a Q&A with Citizenfour Director Laura Poitras, which took place as part of the Talking Pictures program at the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Robert Redford Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center: 'Hello, Gorgeous'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.28.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Indeed, there was no elephant-in-the-room in the spacious Alice Tully Hall: Every woman presenting, from Jane Fonda to Elisabeth Moss, spoke about Redford's good looks. But clearly, he is much more than eye candy.

David Carr Hosted Final Panel With Edward Snowden

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media

Late Thursday night, New York Times media columnist David Carr was pronounced dead at the age of 58, having collapsed earlier that evening in the pape...

My Conversation With Laura Poitras

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Citizenfour chronicles the eight days Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAllister of The Guardian spent with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he handed over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.

First Look Media Launches

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Media

In light of mass resignations at The New Republic, eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar may be setting an example for tech billionaires trying a hand in the...

Hamm-Strung at the Gotham Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The annual celebration of indie films kicking off the vibrant awards season every year gets more glamorous, honoring the outstanding and risk-taking films that are going to make it to Oscars.

Michael Calderone

John Cook Leaving The Intercept To Return To Gawker | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.13.2014 | Media

NEW YORK –- The Intercept's editor-in-chief John Cook is leaving the First Look Media site to return to Gawker Media. Cook left his perch as Ga...

Citizenfour: The Spy Who Was Never Out In The Cold

Lindsay Moran | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Lindsay Moran

Laura Poitras' compelling, controversial, and ultimately contradictory new documentary Citizenfour, the filmmaker seems to have fallen in love with her "agent" -- in this case the movie's hero, or villain, depending upon how you look at it -- Edward Snowden.

Michael Calderone

Matt Taibbi Leaves First Look Media, Raising Questions About Company's Direction | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.29.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Journalist Matt Taibbi has left First Look Media, eight months after joining the billionaire-backed startup and before ever launching the ...

Michael Calderone

FBI Searches Home Of Suspected Post-Snowden Intelligence Leaker | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- The FBI has searched the Northern Virginia home of a government contractor suspected of disclosing details of the U.S. government's terror...

What Selena Gomez Is Doing In The Edward Snowden Movie

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment

Laura Poitras' new documentary, "Citzenfour," is the kind of stirring thriller that David Fincher or Paul Greengrass could have turned into a feature ...

Movie Review: Citizenfour -- Sound the Alarm

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras' Citizenfour, is how calm everyone is. At least at first.

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying: An Interview With Laura Poitras

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Director Laura Poitras, like reporter Glenn Greenwald, is now known almost as widely as Edward Snowden himself, for helping facilitate his entry into the world. Her new film takes you back to June 2013 and locks you in that Hong Kong hotel room. It's a riveting, surprisingly unclaustrophic, and unforgettable experience.

Matt Sledge

Snowden Filmmaker: 'Someone's Life Was On The Line' | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Journalist Glenn Greenwald's name is indelibly associated with the explosive National Security Agency disclosures that began last year. But filmmaker ...

Gary Webb, Jon Stewart, and the Stories That Are Too True to Tell

Will Bunch | Posted 12.13.2014 | Media
Will Bunch

The real reason that people call funnyman Stewart "the most trusted news source in America" is that he's an outsider. He rarely worries about offending his journalistic colleagues or angering high-level news sources who won't return his phone calls -- because he doesn't really have any.

Snowden's Life In Exile Is Actually Pretty Good

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

Amongst the many revelations in the new documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is one that may seem of lesser consequence, but indeed is wor...

Watch The Trailer For The New Edward Snowden Documentary

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

When National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden reached out to Laura Poitras in January 2013, the documentary filmmaker knew just what to d...

Huge Edward Snowden Documentary Is Being Released

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Media

By now, the story of how a team of journalists met Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel has become the stuff of legend, a modern-day update to Bob Wood...

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being.