True Vision Award

The True Vision Award is the only award given by the festival. With the True Vision Award, we celebrate a director’s (or directing team’s) dedication to the advancement of nonfiction filmmaking. This year’s award will be created by local artist Michael Marcum.

The 2020 True Vision Award Honorees are Bill & Turner Ross

Bill and Turner Ross were born in Sidney, Ohio. With collaborative, scrappy filmmaking at its finest, the Ross Brothers’ films are deeply rooted in the specifics of place while playing fast and loose with the rest. Their films may appear to be straightforward observational documentaries, but each production is in fact a series of highly orchestrated, intricately choreographed collaborative performances between the subjects, a team of filmmakers, and the space-time continuum. Full of twists and surprises, there’s a rebellious streak that runs through their films like a riddle best left unsolved as the Ross Brothers invite viewers on a cinematic joy ride truer than fiction. 

This year, we are proud to exhibit their debut film, 45365 (2009), a paean to the Midwest and small-town Americana; Tchoupitoulas (2012), a story of three brothers’ luck and losses one night in New Orleans; and their brand new feature, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020), one last hurrah for barflys, saints, and sinners in the city of mystery and second chances.