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Intersection- True/False Filmmaker Conversations on Bisbee '17, Crime + Punishment, América

T/F Film Festival

 Today, we’re talking with four True/False filmmakers about the inspiration behind their documentaries and what they hope audiences learn from their films. The documentaries cover a range of topics including aging, deportation and policing.


The True/False fest starts Thursday, March 1 and ends Sunday, March 4. Over the course of four days, 45 films will be shown. You can find a complete list of films on the T/F website.



Director of “Crime + Punishment” Stephen Maing:

  • “The challenge was how we could find a really unique cinematic form that would present things that people thought that might be familiar but in an entirely new way. And the biggest part of that was going deep with characters and creating a really immersive experience where we could be in the pocket with police officers as they are making real-time decisions.”
  • “I don't think the media necessarily misses everything, but I do think that what the press often misses is the importance of connecting the dots and trying to represent kind of systemic dysfunction.”

Director of “La Flor de la Vida” Adriana Loeff:

  • “So initially, we were interested in reflecting on the issue of time, of time passing by and its impact on the lives of people, on their bodies, on their minds, on their feelings and we didn’t know very well how to approach this...So what we did was we placed an advert in the newspaper that said ‘if you’re over eighty or so and you want to share your story with us, give us a call.’”
  • “As filmmakers, we’re always looking around and looking for stories to tell and also looking inside like looking for the things that worry us, the things that scare us.”

Director of “Bisbee '17” Robert Greene:

  • “The last three of my films have been about sort of staging these fantasies that are inside of us. And this was a way to do that, this was a way to get at sort of the way we fantasize about history and the way we mythologize stories from our past. “
  • “The movie never takes place in the past. It's always in the present and that was the idea going in...We knew that we were sort of acting as conjurers in a sense.”

Directors of “América” Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll:

  • Erick Stoll: “Bodies are just sort of stigmatized territory, and especially bodies as aging bodies and, you know, imperfect bodies.”
  • Chase Whiteside: “Caretaking is something that everyone, you know, has to deal with at some point in their lives, whether it's with their parents, someone else they love, or with themselves, eventually. And so I don't think it's a great leap for someone to watch this film and think about  what, how their family has dealt with the very same issues.”

 Assistant Producers for this show are Haley Broughton, Aviva Okeson-Haberman and Hannah Rodriguez.


Sara Shahriari was the assistant news director at KBIA-FM, and she holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Sara hosted and was executive producer of the PRNDI award-winning weekly public affairs talk show Intersection. She also worked with many of KBIA’s talented student reporters and teaches an advanced radio reporting lab. She previously worked as a freelance journalist in Bolivia for six years, where she contributed print, radio and multimedia stories to outlets including Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg News, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Indian Country Today. Sara’s work has focused on mental health, civic issues, women’s and children’s rights, policies affecting indigenous peoples and their lands and the environment. While earning her MA at the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara produced the weekly Spanish-language radio show Radio Adelante. Her work with the KBIA team has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and PRNDI, among others, and she is a two-time recipient of funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Elena Rivera is a graduate student at the University of Missouri with a focus in radio reporting. She has reported and produced stories on arts and culture, education and mental health for KBIA. She received a B.A. in Communication and International Studies from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Before coming to KBIA, Elena worked as the Career Development Specialist for a North Carolina non-profit called Dress for Success Triangle, which helped unemployed and underemployed women find jobs.