With generous support from the Ford Foundation, True/False presents its second year of Provocations: a curated selection of incendiary thinkers.
These whip-smart presenters will appear before feature films, injecting a mini “ideas-fest” into True/False, offering challenging ideas in five-minute blasts. These five individuals stand ready to rearrange worldviews with the power of their words:
Destiny Watford: Now a university student, this unstoppable force won last year’s 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for leading the successful opposition to the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator, proposed for her Baltimore neighborhood. Provocation before screenings of the feature Communion.
Linda Tirado: A self-described “completely average American,” Linda Tirado, author of Hand To Mouth: Living In Bootstrap America, writes about poverty, media and politics. She has reported on militant movements such as Ammon Bundy’s armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Provocation before screenings of the feature The Challenge.
Sarah Jeong: Trained as an attorney, Sarah is a contributing editor at Vice Motherboard, where she writes about technology, policy, and law. Her book The Internet of Garbage considers online harassment. Provocation before screenings of the feature Rat Film.
Sarah Kendzior: This St. Louis-based journalist and Twitter legend covers politics, media and the economy. For the last decade, she has researched authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union, an increasingly relevant topic. Provocation before screenings of the feature Stranger in Paradise.
Stacy Kranitz: Born in Kentucky, Stacy’s photographs document those outside mainstream American culture. In her celebrated photographs of Appalachia, she is demystifying some well-entrenched stereotypes. Provocation before screenings of the feature The Road Movie.
On the Sunday morning of the Fest, the five piquant Provocateurs will gather to present their provocations at the Chautauqua, an event named after the adult education movement popular in the 19th and 20th century. Like early Chautauquas, True/False’s event comes complete with music and storytelling.