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Yance Ford

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

When an unarmed black man is killed, who has the right to tell his story?

 

That's the question filmmaker Yance Ford wrestles with for much of Strong Island, a film ten years in the making. The film centers around Ford's older brother William. William was shot to death while confronting a man in an auto repair shop in 1992. Though William was unarmed at the time, his killer was never put to trial.

 

 


This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Meteorites flying through the sky, bear cubs running down the highway, trucks exploding in flames just feet away from other drivers - all of these scenes have been caught on the dash cam footage of cars throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. Drivers often post those videos to YouTube, creating viral videos that are viewed around the world.

 

 

 


Florent Vassault

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 follows one woman as she struggles to come to terms with the decision she and her fellow jurors made twenty years ago sentencing Bobby Wilcher to death. When Wilcher was executed in 2006, Lindy had been his only visitor.

 

Theo Anthony

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Some people might be disgusted to find a rat stuck in their trash can, but when filmmaker Theo Anthony came home one night, he saw it as way to tell a story.

 


 

Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Directors Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster started out making Miss Kiet’s Children with the intention of creating a love letter to education as a profession. When they found their film’s subject, the stern yet compassionate primary school teacher Kiet Engels, they realized they were making a much different film than they planned.

 


This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Raoul Peck read about James Baldwin for the first time in high school. He became enraptured with the view of the world through the lens of Baldwin. Throughout his life and his career as a filmmaker, he carried this view, which crept up now and then in the projects he began to work on. His passion for the social activist’s work acted as the inspiration for the creation of the film, I’m Not Your Negro.

 

 


 

Steve James

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis. The Sungs are forced to defend the legacy of their family throughout a five year legal battle.

 

Laura Checkoway

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Edith + Eddie tells the love story of America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Edith, 96, and Eddie, 95, are avid dancers and pillars in their community church.

 

Travis Wilkerson

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

The idea for Travis Wilkerson’s film Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? started among the whispers and legend of his family’s secrets.  

 


Sompot Chidgasornpongse

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

As the train bursts past dense forests and slows through quiet villages, Railway Sleepers by director Sompot Chidgasornpongse takes its audience on a journey through Thailand. Shot entirely on a train over the space of several years, the film brings its audience on board and offers a glimpse into the lives and conversations of its passengers.

 


Claire Simon

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

French director Claire Simon is set to receive the True Vision Award at this year’s True/False festival. The award will honor Simon’s 30-year career and, along with her latest release Graduations, the festival will be showing a collection of the director’s work.

 


Sherpa

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

Director Jen Peedom has been working on projects on Mount Everest for almost a decade. In her film Sherpa, she turns the narrative of the typical Everest documentary on its head by telling the story through the lens of the native people that help lead foreigners to the summit.

Photo by Ido Haar. Courtesy of Atzmor Productions

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

In "Presenting Princess Shaw," director Ido Haar follows Samantha Montgomery, an elderly care assistant and songstress, around the American South as she attempts to break into to the elusive word of music stardom. Montgomery uploads hundreds of videos of herself to YouTube under the pseudonym of Princess Shaw in hopes of getting some artistic recognition.


Manu Gerosa

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The documentary "Between Sisters" is an intimate glimpse into the life of two aging sisters as they confront a family secret that has remained hidden for more than 60 years. A secret that could rock the sister’s relationship to its very core.


Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The film "Sonita" follows the life of a young, passionate Afghani refugee living in Tehran, Iran, who dreams of becoming a rapper, but faces many challenges – including her status as an undocumented immigrant living in Iran and her mother’s plan to sell her as a child bride worth $9,000.


Provided

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When Owen Suskind was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, his parents didn't know if they would ever be able to communicate with their son again. That all changed once they realized Owen was using Disney animated films to understand the world. 


True/False

Each year, KBIA brings listeners our True/False Conversations which go inside the creative minds of the filmmakers screening films at the True/False Film Fest. This year, KBIA teamed up with film reviewers from "Vox Magazine" to produce reviews of eight of the feature films screening at the fest.

Those eight reviews are interspersed with excerpts of KBIA's interview with Stacey Woelfel, the director of the University of Missouri’s Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, who shared his thoughts on the upcoming fest. You can listen to that entire special here:


Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When David Farrier, a journalist from New Zealand, came across videos of competitive endurance tickling online, he thought he had found one of the most unique sports out there. But when he tried to reach out and learn more about the sport, he was met with an alarming amount hostility.


Photo courtesy of Estephan Wagner and Moritz Siebert

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

On the northern coast of Morocco, Africa is separated tantalizingly from European territory by a heavily guarded fence. The fence – tall, imposing and dangerous – is the bottleneck for thousands of Africans hoping to cross the border to the European territory at the tip of Morocco before coming one step closer to navigating the Mediterranean Sea to continental Europe.


Photo courtesy of True/False

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. In her documentary, "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes," Brett Story seeks to redefine both how and where the prison in America is viewed.


Finding 'Jewels' Among Garbage in 'Thy Father's Chair'

Feb 26, 2016
Antonio Tibaldi

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

From afar, "Thy Father's Chair" seems to follows the apparent television mantra: "Hoarders makes for great entertainment." But even as the first scenes unfold, it's clear that this is not the average messy house story. The observational documentary follows a pair of adult Orthodox Jewish twins, who are forced to clean up their family's Brooklyn home after the death of their parents. However, as they dig through the clutter and garbage, the twins and the filmmakers delve into questions about faith, rules, pain and letting go.

Photo Courtesy / Molly Reynolds

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

As far away as Australia feels for Americans, that’s how far Ramingining feels for the average Australian. Tucked away in the far northern part of the continent, the Australian government established Ramingining in the 1970s. It then proceeded to move several groups of indigenous aboriginals out of their native bush and into the new town.


Low Key Pictures

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

High school can be difficult, and for some students, traditional high schools don't work. This is the case for the students at Black Rock High School who serve as the subject of the film, "The Bad Kids."


Courtesy of Of Men And War/Laurent Becue-Renard

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

“It’s a horrible thing to watch your friend disappear forever within the confines of a body bag.”

That’s what one young man tells a group of other war veterans in a therapy session for vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It’s just one scene in the documentary “Of Men And War” that follows the lives of a handful of American soldiers dealing with PTSD at a treatment center in Napa Valley, Calif.

The men recount their stories, often with anger and tears in the eyes, trying to understand why they have returned from war differently and how its affecting them and their families. Director Laurent Becue-Renard talked with me about his film that took a decade to make.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Mar 6, 2015
Press Photo / What Happened, Miss Simone?

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

The film What Happened, Miss Simone? Takes an intimate look into the life of the late singer and her struggles with fame, race and a tumultuous marriage. The legacy of Nina Simone’s music has spanned multiple generations, shattering racial barriers in the music industry. Trained as a classical pianist, Simone found success in the raw immersive world of jazz and blues. Her songs told the stories of a broken system and racial prejudice that helped set the tone of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.


Press Photo / (T)Error

This week on Off the Clock, we’re featuring a conversation about the film (T)ERROR, a selection for this year’s True/False Film Festival.

The film dives into the world of F.B.I confidential informants and counterterrorism efforts. KBIA’s Austin Federa spoke with Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, co-directors of the film (T)ERROR.

Climbing and Filming The Shark's Fin in 'Meru'

Mar 5, 2015
Press Photo / Meru

The Shark’s Fin route of Meru Peak in the Himalayas is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world. The ascent to the almost 21,000 foot summit has defeated dozens of professional mountain climbers. Meru, one of the films at this weekend’s True False Film Festival, documents three climbers’ trip to the top of the peak where so many others have failed.


Still from the film / Jaap Van Hoewijk

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Courtesy of Cynthia Hill

When her ex-husband would beat her, survivor Deanna Walters says her family used to ask her "Why don't you just leave him?" 

If only the answer were simple. And for long-time advocate for domestic abuse survivors Kit Gruelle, if only no one would ever ask that question. 

Photo courtesy Daniel Vernon

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Films and filmmakers from around the world are converging in mid-Missouri this weekend for the annual True/False Film Fest.

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