Note: Tim League owns a portion of NEON and also owns BMD.
If you saw Laura Poitras' Citizenfour (and, honestly, you should have by now), then you probably don't need much convincing when it comes to the director's next film, Risk: once again, it's an investigative documentary, and once again, it revolves around an incredibly divisive figure. Last time it was Edward Snowden; this time it's Julian Assange.
So, yeah. Oughtta be interesting.
According to The Playlist, Risk delves into "WikiLeaks, the 2016 election, and more, all with Assange giving access to machinations of his organization, and the impact they have around the world", and was shot over a period of six years. Good lord. Six years. One suspects Risk will be quite illuminating when it comes to Assange and his ongoing shenanigans.
Here's an official synopsis:
Showtime Documentary Films will release RISK, the latest documentary from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him. With unprecedented access, Poitras give us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. RISK is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement. RISK confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.
Risk will have a limited release in theaters thanks to the folks at NEON, and will also premiere on Showtime this summer. Stay tuned for more on this one as it becomes available.