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.

2020 Ringleaders

Miriam Bale Artistic Director, Indie Memphis Film Festival

Kamau Bilal Director, Baby Brother

Sarah-Tai Black Film Programmer, The Royal Cinema

Lyric C. Cabral Director, The Rashomon Effect

Julian Carrington Distribution Manager, Hot Docs

Dessane Lopez Cassell Editor of Reviews, Hyperallergic

Jason Fitzroy Jeffers Festival Director and Cofounder, Third Horizon Film Festival

Jon-Sesrie Goff Executive Director, The Flaherty

Allison Glenn Associate Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Martine Granby Producer of Workshops and Labs, UnionDocs

Robert Greene Director, Bisbee ‘17

Alana Hauser Coordinating Producer, NYT Op-Docs

Roseli Ilano Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships, Pop-Up Magazine

Amber Espinosa-Jones Manager of Outreach & Inclusion, Sundance Institute

Darol Kae Programming Assistant, ARRAY

David Magdael President, David Magdael & Associates

Lydia Ogwang Coordinator, TIFF Cinematheque

Sierra Pettengill Director, Graven Image

Bilal Qureshi Culture Writer and Radio Journalist, Film Quarterly

Jason Silverman Publications Editor, Telluride Film Festival

Brett Story Director, The Hottest August

Paul Sturtz Co-Founder, True/False Film Fest

Nicole Tsien Associate Producer, POV

Chloë Walter-Wallace Documentary Lab Manager, Firelight Media

Steve Witzig Associate Professor, UMass-Dartmouth and former print traffic controller for T/F

Stacey Woelfel Director, Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism



BARBIE BANKS Cinema Director

CHRIS BOECKMANN Programming Director, Ragtag Film Society

JEREMY BROWN Executive Director, Ragtag Film Society


AMIR GEORGE Film Programmer

TED ROGERS Programmer, Ragtag Cinema

DAVID WILSON, Co-Conspirator

& your friendly Ringmaster: LINDSEY ARRINGTON