Yance Ford

The 2010 True/False Film Festival got started on Friday with a day full of screenings and the usual March March parade down the main drag of Columbia, MO.


True/False is five this year and like any youngster it’s coming into its own — getting taller and more rambunctious faster than you had realized. Lead by Paul Sturz and David Wilson, True/False boasts an impressive slate of docs — some better known than others, but all an expression of this years’ festival motto: “There Are No Small Stories.”

I think as a philosophy that holds true — any programmer/curator will tell you that some of the most affecting films are not always about huge “issues” but individual lives through which we see larger truths about our world. Films like Circo, Antoine and When We Were Boys being prime examples.

Scene from 'The Oath': Cab driver in rearview mirror

There are also no small audiences here in Columbia. T/F originally started out as the “little festival that could,” but now can safely boast that it has some of the most engaged/excited audiences on the U.S. circuit. True/False is awarding its 2010 True Vision award to filmmaker Laura Poitras, director of the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country and The Oath, winner of the 2010 Sundance Award for Outstanding Cinematography. My Country, My Country is screening during theTrue/False, as is The Oath.

I’ll be blogging and tweeting from T/F for the next few days and send my regards to all the would-be attendees who were stranded on the East Coast by the blizzard on Thursday: Wish you were here!

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Yance works closely with POV's executive director and programming director to evaluate films submitted to POV She is instrumental in curating the series, a showcase of acclaimed documentary film on PBS. Yance frequently represents POV | American Documentary at conferences, festivals and markets, procuring work from filmmakers both nationally and internationally. Yance also oversees POV's annual call for entries, which yields upwards of one thousand entries, and coordinates POV's annual programming advisory board. Yance is a Programming Consultant and Pre- Screener for film festivals around the country, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting, Creative Capital and the Sundance Film Festival. She has served on festival juries at Full Frame and Silverdocs, appeared on panels at Sunny Side of the Doc and DocuClub and served on the IFP Advisory Committee. A graduate of Hamilton College and the production workshop at Third World Newsreel, Yance is a former Production Stage Manager for the Girls Choir of Harlem and has worked as a Production Manager on numerous independent productions for the Discovery Health and History channels. Ford has also worked in various capacities on the documentaries The Favorite Poem Project, Juanita Anderson, Executive Producer, Brian Lanker's They Drew Fire (PBS), and Barry Levinson's Yesterday's Tomorrows (Showtime).Yance's favorite documentaries include:1. Hands on a Hard Body2. Tongues Untied3. Harlan County, USA4. Cul de Sac5. When We Were Kings6. The Thin Blue Line7. Night and Fog