Introducing our latest endeavor in nonfiction storytelling: the True/False Podcast! Presented by KBIA, this podcast is where documentary lovers, watchers and creators come together. Each episode features a conversation between a noteworthy nonfiction filmmaker or film critic and a True/False curator.  Discussions are centered on a particular craft-of-storytelling theme (such as building character or creating an immersive experience) that True/False selects based on the strengths of the filmmaker interviewee.  The podcast offers insider insight into the challenges and joys of making today’s most cutting edge nonfiction films.  


A sample:

  • Craig Atkinson and Laura Hartrick, filmmakers of Do Not Resist, discuss how they won access to high-security locations.
  • Eric Hynes, film critic (Film Comment, The New York Times) and curator at Museum of the Moving Image, discusses the future of documentary cinema.
  • Bill and Turner Ross — the filmmakers of Contemporary Color, Western, and Tchoupitoulas — explore creating documentary as real-life experience.


At interludes during episodes, we will feature soundscapes of the Fest. In these brief pieces, the audience is placed amid festival experiences such as the infamous March March parade or an interactive art installation. Through interviews and sounds of True/False, each episode evokes a mini-Fest in which listeners can revel in the joy and thought-provoking nature of True/False’s four-day ephemera.


The first full-length episode is set to premiere Feb. 23 on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever podcasts are available. The second episode will be released on the first day of True/False, March 2. The third episode will be available March 9. After that, episodes will be released every other Thursday. In addition to iTunes and Stitcher, listeners can find the show at and Production of the podcast pairs the expertise of journalists and audio professionals at KBIA as well as the students at the University of Missouri School of Journalism with True/False films and filmmakers.
A preview of the podcast is now available on KBIA’s website and on iTunes.