Laura Poitras Plans Doc Short Series Reacting to Trump's Presidency

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Our 100 Days, a new initiative from Firelight Media and Field of Vision, will produce and distribute 10 shorts that explore topics like the rise in hate crimes, immigration, gender equality and LGBTQ rights.

Firelight Media and Field of Vision are establishing a new series in reaction to Donald Trump's presidential election win.

The new initiative is commissioning short films that "explore threats to U.S. democracy and the stories of its most vulnerable communities in the current highly polarized political climate," according to Wednesday's announcement. Ten films will be produced and distributed — on Field of Vision and with additional partners — for release next year. Funding and production support also will be provided. 

The filmmakers and subjects will be jointly chosen by Field of Vision executive producers Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook, along with Firelight Media executive producers Loira Limbal, Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith. 

"We are proud to launch this initiative that aims to disrupt the march towards normalcy, because for many Americans, there can be no business as usual when extremism is on the rise," Nelson, co-founder of Firelight Media, said in a statement.

Specifically, Our 100 Days seeks compelling, investigative or character-driven shorts addressing topics like political transition, the rise in hate crimes, immigration, racial justice, threats to democratic institutions, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, surveillance, climate change and beyond. Though the inaugural round is only inviting pitches from the Firelight Documentary Lab community, the announcement encourages filmmakers to "examine the current experiences of vulnerable communities, the projected challenges they face, and ways they are adjusting to those challenges as the country enters a new and uncharted landscape."

"Projects can vary in scope but we are especially interested in rapid response pieces that capture this frightening moment in our country. We'll accept pitches until February 28, 2017, and are committed to a speedy greenlighting process," said Poitras, co-creator of Field of Vision.