26. Charlotte Cook: Look on Behalf of the Audience
Summary: Charlotte Cook is a documentary film programmer, curator, producer and co-founder of Field of Vision. Charlotte was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs film festival for four years before she left in May of 2015 to start Field of Vision, a visual journalism film unit that aims to commission 40 to 50 original episodic and individual short non-fiction films each year. Charlotte co-founded Field of Vision with Academy Award-winning director of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras, and filmmaker and founder of Cinema Eye Honors Aj Schnack. In this episode, we talk about Charlotte’s journey to programming Hot Docs--North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market--including her time at The Times, BBC Storyville, and The Frontline Club. We also talk about the role of a programmer and their relationship with the filmmaker. Towards the end, Charlotte walks us through what Field of Vision is looking for and how you can be part of it.