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.

2024 Ringleaders

Nell Augustin Director of Original Voices Documentary Films, NBCU

Steven Bognar Ohio-based documentary filmmaker

Brian Booton RFS Board President

Julian Carrington Managing Director, Racial Equity Media Collective

Bedatri Datta Choudhury Journalist and festival programmer

Jason Fitzroy Jeffers Co-founder, Third Horizon

Brit Fryer Producer & Director (The Script

Robert Greene Filmmaker / Murray Center

Daniel Hymanson Filmmaker (So Late So Soon, T/F 2020)

Eric Hynes Film Critic & Curator of Film at Museum of the Moving Image

Zara Meerza Screenwriter, Filmmaker & Publisher (Documentary -)

Luke W Moody Head of BFI Doc Society Fund & Producer at LONO

Kayla Myers Programmer & Black Creators Forum Manager, Indie Memphis Film Festival

Theresa Navarro Co-Director and COO at Catapult Film Fund

Inney Prakash Founder/Director of Prismatic Ground

Soheil Rezayazdi Nonfiction Programs Manager at The Gotham Film & Media Institute

Maria Santos Funds Program Officer, International Documentary Association

Amada Torruella Artist, Filmmaker and Film Curator

Stephanie Wang-Breal Filmmaker (Florence from Ohio)

David Wilson Co-Founder, True/False Film Fest

Farihah Zaman Filmmaker + Critic

2024 Ringleaders on Staff

ARIN LIBERMAN RFS Executive Director

KHAULA MALIK Fest Programmer

EYNAR PINEDA Fest Programmer

FARAMOLA SHONEKAN RFS Director of Community Partnerships & Education

CHLOE TRAYNER RFS Artistic Director

& your friendly Programming Coordinator and Ringmaster: LINDSEY ARRINGTON