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.

2022 Ringleaders

JEANELLE AUGUSTIN Manager of Film Fellowships and Artist Development at NBCUniversal

BLAIR BARNES Curator at Vimeo

CHRISTIANNE BENEDICT True/False Screening Committee


BRIAN BOOTON Ragtag Film Society Board Member

JULIAN CARRINGTON Distribution Manager & Industry Funds Programmer at Hot Docs

SAMARA CHADWICK Executive Director at The Flaherty

SARAH DAWSON Film Programmer at IDFA

MIA DONOVAN Filmmaker (Dope Is Death)

JASON FITZROY JEFFERS Founding Director at Third Horizon

LIZ FORNANGO True/False Screening Committee

DEVIKA GIRISH Co-Deputy Editor at Film Comment

ROBERT GREENE Filmmaker (Procession)

DAKOTA HOMMES True/False Screening Committee

ERIC HYNES Film Critic & Curator of Film at Museum of the Moving Image

AISHA JAMAL Film Programmer at Hot Docs

JANAÍNA OLIVEIRA Head Programmer at Zózimo Bulbul Black Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro

DELIA RAINEY True/False Screening Committee

JOSH RUNNELS Artist & Educator

ZOÉ SAMUDZI Writer & Scholar

STEPHANIE SHONEKAN Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri

CHLOË WALTERS-WALLACE Director of Regional Initiatives for Firelight Media

DAVID WILSON True/False Co-conspirator

2022 Staff



AMIR GEORGE Film Programmer & Art Curator

ERIC ALLEN HATCH Film Programmer & Music Director


ROBIN ROBINSON Film & Synapses Programmer

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