Performative Documentary with Yance Ford

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm

The Masterclass

From art student, to documentary series producer, to first openly transgender director nominated for an Oscar, Yance Ford has had a meteoric rise with his first feature, 2017’s Strong Island.

Strong Island is about the murder of Ford’s black brother by a white man in suburban Long Island, NY. Far from an investigative documentary, it's a deeply intimate film that widens to illustrate a collective experience of Black America. Ford turned his personal lens on a systemic, historical violence and the silence that followed. The film foreshadows the narrative of fear used to justify the recent deaths of unarmed black Americans for which no one was held accountable.

With Ford in dual role as director and character, Strong Island consists of tightly controlled frames that convey the lack of due process and resulting moral injury directly through Ford's eyes. Forgoing pre-interviews, the film is shaped by unfiltered emotion, the power of self-representation, love and loss.

In this intimate masterclass, Ford will share influences, experiences, and his practice of weaving filmmaking and performance to compelling effect. Explore formal aesthetic and editing choices alongside the challenging pursuit of authenticity with one of today’s most exciting voices in storytelling.

Yance Ford

Yance Ford is an Oscar nominated director and producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards where Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. Strong Island premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, winning a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling, and launched globally on Netflix last September. Yance recently became a Sundance Institute Art of Non-Fiction grantee for an untitled non-fiction project currently in development.


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter/Spring 2018

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm


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Seeking fresh eyes on your documentary rough cut? Apply to DCTV’s 2018 Docu WIP Lab that supports documentary filmmakers at the pivotal post-production phase when dedicated feedback and crit-building germane to the editing process is needed most. Facilitated by Yance Ford.

Application Deadline: 9/24.

This event is part of the Fall 2018 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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