The True/False Podcast

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.
Following the Money, With Kimberly Reed
Oct 1, 2018 • 24 min
Kimberly Reed thought campaign finance was too complex for a documentary. But that was before her home state of Montana began fighting back against anonymous money. Allison Coffelt talks with Director Kimberly Reed about the making of a true-life…
Mar 29, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Mar 22, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Mar 15, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Family with Laura Bari (PRIMAS)
Mar 8, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Friendship with Sandi Tan (SHIRKERS)
Mar 1, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Feb 22, 2018 • 22 min
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 Films Preview
Feb 15, 2018 • 28 min
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.
Community with Chico Pereira (DONKEYOTE)
Feb 8, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Place with Peter Nicks (THE FORCE)
Feb 1, 2018 • 27 min
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.
Casting with Kitty Green (CASTING JONBENET)
Jan 25, 2018 • 25 min
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.
Control with Myles Kane and Josh Koury (VOYEUR)
Dec 1, 2017 • 26 min
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…
Collaboration with Carmine Grimaldi (IF ONLY THERE WERE PEACE)
Jul 13, 2017 • 29 min
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.
Blood Is Thicker Than Water
Jun 29, 2017 • 23 min
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.
Voice with Deborah Stratman (THE ILLINOIS PARABLES)
Jun 15, 2017 • 29 min
Deborah Stratman discusses developing the voice of a region in her film The Illinois Parables (True/False 2016).
Director-Subject Relationship with Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora (THY FATHER’S CHAIR)
Jun 1, 2017 • 30 min
Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora discuss navigating the relationships with their subjects while filming Thy Father’s Chair (True/False 2016).
May 18, 2017 • 36 min
True/False provocateurs Avi Lewis, Charlie Lyne and Sarah Jeong share stories about fighting, technology and paint drying on a wall.
Intentionality of Sound with Stephanie Spray
May 4, 2017 • 26 min
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.
EXTRA - Being In The Film with the Rainey Family
Apr 28, 2017 • 11 min
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).
Time with Jon Olshefski
Apr 20, 2017 • 26 min
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.