The True/False Podcast

Every year in March, the True/False Film Fest celebrates the complex, surprising and hilarious world we share, and the documentary films that capture it. Now, we want to give you a taste of the Fest year round with the True/False podcast. Presented by KBIA. Hosted by Allison Coffelt.

Reflect

Mar 29, 2018

Directors Kim Hopkins (VOICES OF THE SEA), Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside (AMERICA) spent significant time with their subjects, close-knit families in Cuba and Mexico, respectively. Listen in on these three as they consider the many things they have in common during their Field Session at True/False 2018.


Rejoice

Mar 22, 2018

Over years of editing, both Leilah Weinraub (SHAKEDOWN) and RaMell Ross (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING) found themselves migrating away from conventional cinematic languages. In a conversation during True/False 2018 they discussed how they are both seeking to reshape documentary grammar and expand the way films portray black life.


Reconstruct

Mar 15, 2018

Fellipe Barbosa built his latest film (GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN) around the remnants of his friend Gabriel's life, from his photographs to excerpts of his diary. Matt Holzman’s podcast, KCRW’s The Document, extracts new audio stories from the footage of documentary films. Fellipe and Matt spoke about sifting fresh work out of raw material during their Field Session at True/False 2018.


Director Laura Bari discusses the intimate, emotional and uncomfortable depictions of her own family in her film PRIMAS. The film is the True Life Fund selection for True/False 2018. Money raised by the Fund will benefit Bari's nieces who are the subjects of the film. 


Director Sandi Tan discusses her complicated relationships with a childhood "frenemy" and the middle-aged mentor with whom they made a film in Singapore in 1992. Tan's documentary SHIRKERS explores why that film was never released. It is playing this year at True/False 2018. 


Director RaMell Ross discusses reimagining depictions of the American South and the flaws of documentary filmmaking. His film HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING follows the lives of two young African-American men in Alabama and is playing this year at True/False 2018. 


True/False programmers Chris Boeckmann and Abby Sun give the inside scoop on can't miss films, revamped shorts programs and this year's True Vision Award recipient: director Dieudo Hamadi.


Director Chico Pereira discusses the role his community and his family played in shaping his film DONKEYOTE, which played at True/False 2017. The films depicts his uncle Manolo's plan to travel from rural Spain to the United States accompanied by his donkey, Gorrión.


Director Peter Nicks discusses the role that the city and people of Oakland play in shaping his work. His most recent documentary, THE FORCE, documents a year of crises in the Oakland Police Department and played at True/False 2017. 


Netflix

Director Kitty Green discusses the processes of "casting" characters for her documentary CASTING JONBENET, which played at True/False 2017. The film is out now on Netflix. 


In this special preview of the True/False Podcast Season 2, directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury discuss filming legendary journalist Gay Talese and he writes the unforgettable story of Gerald Foos. Their film VOYEUR is out on Netflix now. The True/False Podcast returns in January 2018.


Carmine Grimaldi shares his approach to collaborating with the subjects in his three short films One of the Roughs, Servicing Guide and If Only There Were Peace, all from True/False 2017.


Yance Ford (STRONG ISLAND) and Travis Wilkerson (DID YOU WONDER  WHO FIRED THE GUN) shares their families’ histories of being the victims and perpetrators of violence respectively. 

Deborah Stratman discusses developing the voice of a region in her film The Illinois Parables (True/False 2016).


Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora discuss navigating the relationships with their subjects while filming Thy Father's Chair (True/False 2016).


Chautauqua

May 18, 2017

True/False provocateurs Avi Lewis, Charlie Lyne and Sarah Jeong share stories about fighting, technology and paint drying on a wall.


Stephanie Spray, co-director of True/False 2014 film Manakamana, discusses sound as it relates to her new project aboard the scientific drilling vessel, the JOIDES Resolution.


Chris, Christine'a and PJ Rainey talk about their relationship with director Jon Olshefski after he spent a decade documenting some of their family's most intimate moments. The Rainey family are the subjects of the film QUEST (True/False 2017).


Jon Olshefski, a director who spent a decade gathering footage of his subjects, discusses time as an ingredient in documentary filmmaking. His film, QUEST, was the recipient of the 2017 True Life Fund.


Campfire Stories

Apr 6, 2017

Four True/False 2017 directors sit around an indoor fire, eat s'mores and share behind the scenes stories from their films. Stories from Viktor Jakovleski (BRIMSTONE & GLORY), Peter Nicks (THE FORCE), Dan Sickles (DINA) and Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?).


Eric Hynes discusses the art of criticism and this moment in documentary form. Hynes is a film critic and a programmer at the Museum of the Moving Image.


The True/False podcast returns next week with our conversation with film critic and programmer Eric Hynes. We'll have new episodes every other week after that. Until then, enjoy this little treat from this year's Buskers Last Stand.


Laura Hartrick and Craig Atkinson discuss gaining intimate access to police departments for their film Do Not Resist.


Bill and Turner Ross discuss immersing themselves in a happening for their film Contemporary Color (T/F Boone Dawdle 2016).


Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss the balancing act of following multiple characters in their film The Bad Kids (T/F ’16). The Bad Kids premiers on PBS in March 2017. 

 


Hello

Feb 16, 2017

Introducing the True/False Podcast, presented by KBIA. Each episode brings you conversations with documentary filmmakers about their craft. First episode drops February 23.