The Based on a True Story (BOATS) conference returns to the Missouri School of Journalism once again, the contemplative lead-up to the True/False Film Fest. Filmmakers and journalists team up over three days to focus on the issues faced when telling true stories. For the first time this year, admission for all to the conference is free.  There is no need to register.  Audience will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is FREE

Reynolds Journalism Institute

Wednesday, February 28

7:00-9:30 pm

Evaporating Borders and Beyond

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by director Iva Radivojevic’s curious eye and personal reflections. Through the people she encounters along the way, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Poetically photographed and rendered, the film passionately weaves the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging. After the screening, Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Institute will lead a discussion with 2018 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow Radivojevic about the film and her filmmaking process, including her recent work.

Thursday, March 1

9:15-10:30 am

Time’s Up for Documentary Filmmakers

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

The Time’s Up movement has burst to the forefront in Hollywood, raising voices and awareness about sexual harassment and assault in the motion picture industry. Panelists look at the impact of the movement on the documentary community and the need for change women filmmakers see there. With Barbie Banks, Iyabo Boyd and Leigh Kellman Kolb, moderated by Katherine Reed.

10:45-11:45 am

Mapping the Documentary-Journalism Landscape

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

Documentary filmmakers sometimes lack the knowhow of their journalist cousins when dealing with issues of access, First Amendment rights, privacy and more. This session unveils a new resource from the International Documentary Association and the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism to give filmmakers those resources in one online location. With Dana Merwin of the IDA and Stacey Woelfel from the Murray Center.

11:45 am-Noon

Secrets of Strong Island Revealed

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

Yance Ford’s Strong Island stands nominated for an Academy Award this weekend in the documentary feature category. Go behind the scenes in the making of this film with a unique nonfiction filmmaking art installation open throughout the conference. Introduced by Brad Prager, MU Film Studies Program.

Noon-12:45 pm

Lunch (on own)

12:45-1:45 pm

New Ways of Seeing: RaMell Ross and Maya Krinsky on Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

Photographer and filmmaker Ross and artist Krinsky have collaborated to produce a film that learns from what Ross calls the failure of conventional documentaries to “speak to the vastness of the black experience.” The pair will shed light into the process of making Hale County This Morning, This Evening, which won an award at Sundance for Creative Vision, discussing the radical representations and novel structure of the film, giving insight into how to watch it and experience the characters in a new way. Introduction by Robert Greene, Filmmaker-in-Chief of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

1:45-2:45 pm

Nonfiction Criticism: Writing a New Narrative

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

The Sundance Institute and Murray Center teamed up in 2017 to establish the Nonfiction Critics Fellowship, which is meant to address the dearth of nuanced and in-depth critical writing about nonfiction films. During the course of the year, fellows are encouraged to explore new modes of nonfiction film criticism. This conversation with the current fellows, Alissa Wilkinson, Logan Hill and Nick Pinkerton, explores future avenues for nonfiction criticism as well as the means for turning film writers’ attentions to it. Moderated by Eric Hynes

3:00-4:00 pm

The Heartlandia Report: Documentary Sustainability, Midwest Style

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

Downstairs at the Reynolds Journalism Institute significant figures from the Midwest’s documentary film community have gathered to discuss how to keep making films while also making a living. The summit centered on strategies that are regionally-focused and driven by collaborative efforts between all members of the documentary film ecosystem. During this session, members of the group will report what they’ve concluded and on what they’ve learned.

Friday, March 2

9:30-11:00 am

Documentary as Found Object: A Process Party

Smith Forum, 200 RJI

Documentaries have long used archival materials to help provide context in the telling of complex stories. But a wave of documentary filmmakers has found new, more cinematic ways of working with online, viral and archival materials to tell nonfiction stories. This hands-on “process party” with three innovative artists will take us into the minds of those working with found materials to make exciting nonfiction cinema. With Theo Anthony, Sierra Pettengill and Maxim Pozdorovkin, moderated by Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Institute.

Thanks for the seventh annual BOATS conference goes to its sponsors:

-Mizzou Advantage

-The Donald W. Reynold Journalism Institute

-The True/False Film Fest

-The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

-The International Documentary Association

-Kartemquin Films

-The National Endowment for the Arts

-The Missouri Film Commission

-The University of Missouri Film Studies Program

-The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

-The Missouri School of Journalism


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