The True/False Podcast

The True/False Podcast

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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.


Engagement with Robert Greene (BISBEE ‘17)
Jul 11 • 22 min
In the world of nonfiction filmmaking, the idea of “engagement” is often raised as a key part of the process. How does a film engage the audience, or with its subjects, what conversations does it start, or augment? For Robert Greene, whose film “Bisbee…
Replay: Politics Ditto… Ditto
Jul 3 • 26 min
The next season of the True/False Podcast doesn’t start up for a few more months still, but we thought it was a good time to re-feature an episode from last season. The Edge of Democracy , which screened at this year’s festival, is now streaming on…
Bumpers with Chelsea Myers
Apr 5 • 30 min
Bumpers are the short films that play before screenings at festivals. True/False has different bumpers for each day of the festival, each related to that year’s theme. For this episode of the True/False Podcast, Allison Coffelt sat down with Chelsea…
Replay: Voice with Deborah Stratman
Mar 28 • 32 min
In this archived edition of the True False podcast, we revisit a conversation with film-maker Deborah Stratman about the power of voice in her film “The Illinois Parables.” Stratman spoke with 2016 True False programmer Pamela Cohn, and we revisit the…
Shorts with Charlie Lyne (LASTING MARKS)
Mar 21 • 23 min
Sometimes, documentary shorts can be seen as stepping stones for filmmakers who want to direct feature-length films, or as afterthoughts on a festival program. But, given their lower costs and shorter runtimes, shorts can allow for a wealth of…
Politics Ditto
Mar 14 • 25 min
Figuring out how to tell large-scale stories that affect millions of people can be a daunting task for any filmmaker. Sometimes, personal experience is the most effective way in. In this conversation, taken from the Field Session “Politics Ditto,” from…
Within Reason
Mar 7 • 23 min
Anand Patwardhan is a filmmaker who has been making documentaries on the socio-political reality of India for over four decades. His latest film, a four-hour and twenty-minute epic titled “Reason,” chronicles India’s shift from secular democracy toward…
The Journey with Emelie Mahdavian
Feb 28 • 27 min
Emelie Mahdavian is the writer, editor and producer of this year’s True Life Fund recipient “Midnight Traveler,” showing at True False 2019. The film is directed by film-maker Hassan Fazili, who documented his own family’s journey from Afghanistan as they…
Narration with Miko Revereza (NO DATA PLAN)
Feb 21 • 23 min
In his first feature film, “No data plan,” True/False alum Miko Revereza eschews a faceless off-screen narrator in favor of a voiceless, subtitled one, along with interviews of friends and family. “No data plan” reinvents the road trip movie as a film…
Happenings with Dora Garcia (SEGUNDA VEZ)
Feb 14 • 29 min
In this episode, we’ll be listening to a conversation between True/False’s Paul Sturtz and Dora Garcia, director of the film “ Segunda Vez .” The staged documentary is anchored in the “happenings” - which are part performance art pieces, part social…
True/False 2019 Films Preview
Feb 7 • 32 min
On this episode, we’re previewing this year’s films and filmmakers with three True/False programmers, Chris Boeckmann, Amir George and Abby Sun. This year’s True/False film line-up includes 36 new nonfiction films, 5 repertory films, and 18 new shorts.…
Musicality with Morgan Neville
Jan 31 • 26 min
WIth upbeat and affirmational songs like “It’s Such a Good Feeling,” and “It’s You I Like,” music was at the heart of Mister Rogers’ message, and how he expressed his worldview. It’s fitting, then, that music plays a key part in Academy Award Winner…
Rough Cut (Part 2)
Jan 24 • 25 min
Directors Agnieszka Zwiefka and Daniel Hymanson attended the 2018 Rough Cut Retreat; where they got feedback on early versions of their films. We checked in with them about 6 months later to get an intimate view of the filmmaking process in real time. In…
Rough Cut (Part 1)
Jan 18 • 25 min
Directors Mo Scarpelli, Hannah Jayanti and Elizabeth Lo all attended the 2018 Rough Cut Retreat; where they got feedback on early versions of their films. We checked in with them about 6 months later to get an intimate view of the filmmaking process in…
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…
Reflect
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…
Rejoice
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…
Reconstruct
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…