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.

2019 Ringleaders

JEANELLE AUGUSTIN, coordinator of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program

MIRIAM BALE, artistic director of the Indie Memphis Film Festival

CECILIA BARRIONUEVO, artistic director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival

NELSON CARVAJAL, video essayist and film critic

SAMARA GRACE CHADWICK, senior programmer at Points North Institute and Camden International Film Festival

ASHLEY CLARK, senior repertory and specialty film programmer at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and 2018 T/F Neither/Nor programmer-critic

ROONEY ELMI, founding editor and curator of SVLLY(wood)

CHLOE GBAI, shorts and streaming producer at AmDoc (POV)

MICAH GOTTLIEB, assistant programmer at the Quad Cinema

NIKKI HEYMAN, co-producer at AmDoc (POV)

ERIC HYNES, curator of film at the Museum of the Moving Image and the inaugural T/F Neither/Nor programmer-critic in 2013

JASON FITZROY JEFFERS, co-founder of Third Horizon and director of the Third Horizon Film Festival

LEIGH KOLB, programmer of the Riverside Short Film Festival and T/F screening committee member

MELISSA LYDE, founder and curator of Alfreda’s Cinema and the new media manager at Film Movement

EDWIN MARTINEZ, filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor (To Be Heard, T/F 2011)

NICK PINKERTON, film critic and 2016 T/F Neither/Nor programmer-critic

TRACY RECTOR, filmmaker, producer, and co-founder of Longhouse Media

JASON SILVERMAN, cinematheque director at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe

REA TAJIRI, filmmaker, visual artist, and associate professor of Film Media Arts at Temple University

CHLOE WALTERS-WALLACE, documentary lab manager at Firelight Media

CHASE WHITESIDEfilmmaker (América, T/F 2018)

STEVE WITZIG, associate professor at UMass-Dartmouth and former print traffic controller for T/F

STACEY WOELFEL, director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

Fest Staff

BARBIE BANKS, Managing Director, Ragtag Cinema

CHRIS BOECKMANN, Programming Director, True/False & Ragtag Cinema

JEREMY BROWN, Executive Director, Ragtag Film Society

ALLISON COFFELT, Education & Outreach Director

AMIR GEORGE, Programmer

POLINA MALIKIN, Education Advisor & Schemer

PAUL STURTZArtistic Director & Co-Conspirator

ABBY SUN, Programmer

DAVID WILSON, Co-Conspirator

& your friendly Ringmasters: JORDAN INMAN & SARAH HAAS