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Yance Ford

Tuesday, April 24
"The Private 'I': Voice, Intention, Intimacy and the 'Personal' Film"
3:30-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Yance discusses STRONG ISLAND as an act of personal and political resistance, and what it means to construct a formalist documentary film.

7-10pm: Savoy Theater

Yance Ford
is an American producer and director. Ford graduated from Hamilton College in 1994, and beginning in 2002 he worked as a series producer at PBS for ten years.

 In 2011 he was named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He also received the 2011–2012 Fledgling Fund Fellowship at MacDowell

In 2017 he was #97 on The Root 100, an "annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45."

In 2018, he and Joslyn Barnes were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for producing STRONG ISLAND, which he also directed. As such, he was the first openly transgender man to be nominated for any Academy Award, and the first openly transgender director to be nominated for any Academy Award.  Ford has also received a Creative Capital Award, and a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellowship.