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Laura Poitras' Risk to World-Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight

April 19, 2016

First Look Media announced today that Laura Poitras' new feature film Risk will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's 48th Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs).

This dramatic documentary with a cypherpunk spirit reveals the stakes and opportunities of truth-telling and finds Poitras embedded with Julian Assange over the past five years. Risk is her highly anticipated follow-up to Citizenfour, Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary. Risk is produced by Praxis Films in association with First Look Media and Field of Vision. World sales will be handled by Josh Braun of Submarine.

Risk executive producer Sam Esmail, creator, executive producer and writer of award-winning television drama Mr. Robot, says, "Laura's riveting and perceptive new film leaves you with relentless introspection. Risk is a fresh take on the renegades, the cypherpunks, the risk takers. As much as I've read about the captivating Assange throughout the years, this beautifully rendered portrait managed to deepen my understanding in unexpected ways."

Adam Pincus, First Look Media executive vice president, Programming & Content, says, "At First Look Media, we're thrilled to follow up our support of Spotlight with Laura's latest, an unprecedented view into a story we think we know, and find here in an exciting new light."

Risk immerses us in the lives of Julian Assange and the technologists, volunteers, and reporters behind WikiLeaks. In the last decade, WikiLeaks has revolutionized journalism, publishing documents whose revelations helped fuel the Arab Spring and exposed corporate spying. Poitras goes behind the scenes - into asylum with Assange and into exile with the WikiLeaks team as they face legal challenges and go to sometimes dangerous lengths to defend whistleblowers.

In addition to Sam Esmail, executive producers are David Menschel, AJ Schnack, Charlotte Cook, and Josh Braun. Directed by Poitras, Risk is produced by Brenda Coughlin (Dirty Wars) and edited by Melody London (Heart of a Dog). The film is made possible in part by Vital Projects Fund, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund, and the Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund.

First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices across all platforms, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look operates as both a studio and digital media company.

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