Each year, a (mostly) new crop of Ringleaders assume the coveted role of magnanimous festival emcees. Seen on stage before and after all screenings, they facilitate snappy introductions and attentive Q&As with the special guests here to present their films to True/False audiences. The responsibility of being a Ringleader is offered to industry professionals and festival friends from across the world, who have demonstrated the chops necessary to be an agent of True/False, to lure them to the middle of Missouri. It is always a privilege and a delight to have each of them here working with us for this brief but bustling weekend.

2023 Ringleaders

jeanelle augustin Film Fellowships & Artist Development Manager at NBC

Blair Barnes Former Curator at Vimeo
Julian Carrington Distribution Manager & Industry Funds Programmer at Hot Docs
Samara Chadwick Executive Director at The Flaherty
Todd Chandler Filmmaker (Bulletproof)
Bedatri Datta Choudhury Journalist and festival programmer
Sarah Dawson Programmer at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Devika Girish Co-Deputy Editor at Film Comment
Robert Greene Filmmaker / Murray Center
Patrick Hurley Distribution Producer at Sandbox Films
Eric Hynes Film Critic & Curator of Film at Museum of the Moving Image
Emily Long Director of Development at Kartemquin Films
Zara Meerza HBO TV writer and Documentary Filmmaker
Marángeli Mejía-Rabell Festival Director & Chief Curator, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Kayla Myers Programmer & Black Creators Forum Manager, Indie Memphis Film Festival
Bilal Qureshi Senior Editor at NPR
Ted Rogers Cinema Programmer, Ragtag Cinema
Josh Runnels Artist & Educator
haydée souffrant Manager of Filmmaker Programs, Kartemquin Films
Amada Torruella Independent Producer/Director and Film Programmer at New Orleans Film Festival
Nicole Tsien Director, Program Development at CNN Films
David Wilson Co-Conspirator, True/False Film Fest
Chloë Walters-Wallace Documentary Lab Manager, Firelight Media
Farihah Zaman Filmmaker + Director of Grants and Fellowships at Brown Girls Doc Mafia

2023 Staff

JONATHAN ALI Fest Program Advisor



KHAULA MALIK Fest Program Advisor

TED ROGERS Programmer, Ragtag Cinema

FARAMOLA SHONEKAN RFS Director of Community Partnerships & Education


CHLOE TRAYNER RFS Artistic Director

& your friendly Programming Coordinator and Ringmaster: LINDSEY ARRINGTON