In Vice's continued quest for media domination, the alternative news company has launched a feature documentary division.
Vice Documentary Films is a division of Vice's film division, which is the production arm of Vice Media. It will focus on the production of nonfiction storytelling from both established and up-and-coming filmmakers.
The new venture will be headed by the founding Vice News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica and Brendan Fitzgerald, the head of development who helped launch the Viceland cable channel.
Vice is no stranger to documentary filmmaking, having produced several doc features since 2007, including Heavy Metal in Baghdad and the Snoop Dogg-centric Reincarnated. Under the Vice Films banner, the company produced the 2016 doc Author: The JT Leroy Story, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later acquired by Amazon Studios.
"You hear a lot of people saying that there's never been a better time for documentaries, and it turns out that's true," said Mojica. "Audiences are more interested than ever in nonfiction storytelling and there are more and more platforms serving it up."
Added Fitzgerald: "We've got a lot to offer independent filmmakers, and we've also got a lot to learn from them."
Vice Documentary Films already has several projects in the works, including two set to be released this year: the doc Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock about music photographer Mick Rock, and Shelter, which follows a year in the life of homeless youth in New Orleans.