True Vision Award
The True Vision Award, our only award, is given annually to a filmmaker (or filmmaking team) whose work shows a dedication to the creative advancement of the art of nonfiction filmmaking. It is designed and cast in bronze by mid-Missouri sculptor Larry Young.
The 2015 True Vision Award recipient is Adam Curtis. Adam will be joining us at the fest with his new film, Bitter Lake.
Over the course of a 20–plus–year career at the BBC, Curtis has refined and perfected a unique cinematic approach to history’s savage ironies. His perennial concern is power, specifically the ability to warp systems of thought. Within his incisive, frequently audacious films, commonly narrated by Curtis himself, original interviews are combined with an unmatched command of archival material. Curtis repurposes audio and video from the massive BBC archives into pointed direct citations, whimsical metaphors, and abstract cinematic onslaughts. The result is a reshuffling of accepted history that forces us to reexamine dominant narratives. His innovative body of work branches out across other media, with art installations, a cine-rock concert with the band Massive Attack, and a fascinating blog, “The Medium and the Message.”
Curtis has a long friendship with True/False, first attending in 2005 with The Power of Nightmares, a three-part parallel history of neoconservatism and political Islamism, expanding out from the fascinating biographies of the movements’ founders. He returned in 2010 with It Felt Like a Kiss, a radical montage about the American empire, its fading dream set to infectious pop music. With this award, True/False celebrates Curtis’s iconoclastic path in making essay films like no other. His is a voice that’s unmistakable and essential, inspiring both viewers and his peers through his fearless experiments.
- 2014: Amir Bar-Lev
- 2013: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
- 2012: Victor Kossakovsky
- 2011: James Marsh
- 2010: Laura Poitras
- 2009: Kim Longinotto
- 2008: Alex Gibney
- 2007: Brett Morgen
- 2006: Kirby Dick
- 2005: Stephen Marshall
- 2004: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky