ALL PANELS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
- DIY or DIE! Do-It-Yourself as a Way of LifeSaturday, Mar 2 / 3:00PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
The DIY ethic inspired the 10th edition of True/False, and is reflected around every corner of the festival. This panel traverses DIY film, music and art, complete with a field trip to a soon-to-be-demolished local DIY site.
With the director of Secret Screening Green, Emma Dessau (Folk to Folk), Emily Hemeyer (Spore) and Thomas Sallings (Hair Hole). Moderated by Julie Shapiro (Third Coast Film Festival).
- Docs in the Land of the Short Attention SpanSaturday, Mar 2 / 10:30AM / Odd Fellows Lodge
Can long-form documentary find a home with an ADD Internet audience? How can documentary filmmakers take full advantage of direct interactivity with their audiences? Can good storytelling happen when the narrative controls are in the hand of the viewer? A wave of web-native documentaries are grappling with these questions, but this is clearly uncharted territory for most filmmakers.
Join veteran documentarians Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (A Lion in the House, The Last Truck), who will divulge what they’ve learned over an intense year creating a documentary for the web.
- Every Cut is a Lie: Editing the TruthSunday, Mar 3 / 3:30PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
French director Jean-Luc Godard famously said, “Cinema is truth 24 times a second, and every cut is a lie.” Editing is at the heart of the documentary alchemy that manipulates everyday reality into big-screen entertainment. Join a clutch of purveyors of the Big Lie as they confess their sins.
Moderated by David France (How to Survive a Plague). With Robin Schwartz (America's Parking Lot), Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) and the editor of Secret Screening Orange.
- The Future of What? Staring at the Horizon of Nonfiction FilmmakingSunday, Mar 3 / 1:30PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
From the traditional approaches to the more experimental and renegade, nonfiction filmmaking is either a big tent or a house divided. What might the form look like in five years? In ten? Join Ben Fowlie (Camden Int’l Film Festival) as he interrogates a trio of visionary filmmakers, each with a singular approach to the creative treatment of actuality.
Moderated by Ben Fowlie (Camden International Film Festival). With Signe Byrge Sørensen (The Act of Killing), Josh Fox (Gasland) and Zachary Heinzlinger (Cutie and the Boxer).
- Military Secrets: Filming the Armed ForcesFriday, Mar 1 / 2:30PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
Among the most challenging worlds to puncture is the military with its famously secretive layers. Embedded or not, journalists and filmmakers have to navigate the ironclad chain of command.
Moderated by Steve James (The War Tapes). With Sebastian Junger (Which Way is the Front Line From Here?), Kirby Dick (Invisible War) and Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars).
- The Revolution Will Be Criticized: Do Critics Miss the Boat on Nonfiction FIlmmaking?Friday, Mar 1 / 10:30AM / Odd Fellows Lodge
- Documentary filmmaking has evolved in the past decade, but mainstream film criticism appears to hold an old lens to its eye in describing contemporary non-fiction film. This often results in the best work being ignored or misunderstood. What can be done to create a new critical language?
Moderated by Robert Greene. With Eric Hynes, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Miriam Bale and Vadim Rizov.
- Revolving DoorsFriday, Mar 1 / 12:30PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
Directors of narrative features are increasingly telling non-fiction stories. What lessons from the feature world do these directors bring into their documentaries? What can the world of narrative features teach nonfiction filmmakers?
With Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) and Josh Marston (Maria, Full of Grace). Moderated by Eugene Hernandez.
- Strongmen and Dissidents: Filming in the Former Soviet UnionSaturday, Mar 2 / 1:00PM / Odd Fellows Lodge
With omnipotent leaders such as Putin and Lukashenko, Eastern Bloc countries both provide fertile material and make steep demands for documentarians.
Moderated by Dana O'Keefe (Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration). With Tinatin Gurchiani (The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), Askold Kurov (Winter, Go Away!) and the director of Secret Screening Red.
Sponsored by the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.