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2019 STRONGER THAN FICTION FILM FESTIVAL THE JONATHAN B. MURRAY CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY JOURNALISM

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Housed in the renowned Missouri School of Journalism, The Johnathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism encapsulates our vision for a forward-thinking documentary storytelling program. The 2015 inauguration of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism marked the latest addition to Missouri Journalism’s already expansive repertoire of specialized journalism programs. The center is run by two of the most experienced and celebrated contemporary film and journalism professionals in the industry, who provide individualized instruction to a group of handpicked documentary students. Students learn about modern documentary theory against the backdrop of a Missouri Journalism curriculum focused on mainstream and relevant journalistic classes such as news writing and cross-cultural journalism. The program balances these rich classroom experiences with rigorous documentary field work employing the Missouri Method, which is the intense handson approach emphasized only at the Missouri School of Journalism. The center is equipped with the latest camera and editing equipment to enable students to produce professional work to be distributed by the center’s own film company, Method M Films.

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STRONGER THAN FICTION

2 PM BLOCK All These Marks 12 min Grandes Decisiones 17 min That One Time I Went Hunting With Dad 14 min The Lost Cause 14 min Jack (and Joe) 16 min

ALL THESE MARKS 6

GRANDES DECISIONES 7

MOTHERS & BROTHERS 12

TWO PETTY CRIMINALS, NOT WORTH NAMING 17

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HORSEGIRL 9

4 PM BLOCK Mothers & Brothers 19 min Two Petty Criminals, Not Worth Naming 19 min Native and American 16 min Saved One 7 min Holy Fire 28 min 7 PM BLOCK $360 9 min HorseGirl 22 min 37-64-97 16 min Qualm & Quietus 22 min

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THAT ONE TIME I WENT HUNTING WITH DAD 16

THE LOST CAUSE 11

JACK (AND JOE) 10

NATIVE AND AMERICAN 13

SAVED ONE 15

HOLY FIRE 8

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QUALM & QUIETUS 14

BIOS 18

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An archival documentary about the multigenerational relationship between three women—including the one who raised the filmmaker. Dorothy was a single mother to Lori back in the ‘70s. When Lori was little, she raised herself as her mother struggled with alcoholism. To keep her life on track, Dorothy moves in her daughter and begins the process of rehabilitation. Dorothy helps raise her grandchildren until her death. To keep the memories of the family alive, Dorothy recorded everything while the children’s mother was at work. With a video camera always in hand, she narrates the filmmaker’s entire childhood.

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DIRECTOR | Bailey Synclaire


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A few weeks after finishing parole, Antonio Brison returns to the spot that changed his life forever. Now an actor and performer, he transfers the skills that he uses on stage to tell a story that hits closer to home: his own. Pairing Antonio’s natural storytelling ability with emotionally provocative cinematography, this film leaves no room for the viewer to draw conclusions from anything else other than the words and emotions that Antonio presents. 

DIRECTOR | Matt Swing

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All These arks is about choices, une pected regret and grappling with an identity that no longer fits. In a tiny tattoo shop in pringfield, issouri, men with hate tattoos confront the choices of their pasts as they attempt to make a better life for themselves and the people they love. The film is a look at the uncomfortable—but honest—question of who gets a hate tattoo and why they want it gone now.

DIRECTOR | Grace Noteboom

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...... . In an impoverished region of southwest uatemala, caring, enthusiastic educator Nimsy Ramos leads an innovative high school se education program. et against a backdrop of high teen pregnancy rates in the community, imsy teaches lessons focusing on goals and dreams, relationships and romance, abstinence, contraception and se ually transmitted infections. With an observational, emotional and character focused style, Grandes Decisiones presents the program as a hopeful step toward empowering teens in the community to address their futures.

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When eorge cott, a military veteran and utheran astor in rural central ennsylvania, took a leave of absence from his congregation to run a competitive race for . . ongress in 0 , he energi ed the Democratic base while creating an uncertain future for his congregation. ncluding everything from a controversial gun ad to a sudden spike in national attention, HOLY FIRE roots us firmly at the center of the cam aign drama as the outcomes of eorge s decision manifest on lection Day.

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DIRECTOR | Olivia Jacobson

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JACK (AND JOE)

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DIRECTOR | Jane Arnot

Jack (and Joe) is an intimate look at the life of ack through the lens of his twin brother. ack and oe are . ack has a non verbal form of autism. oe moved away, graduated from college and left ack behind. As oe watches the footage of his twin, he re ects on their relationship. ow can ack grow as a person while being stuck at home and what does it feel like to have a twin with whom you can never actually converse? These are thoughts that prompt oe to narrate the observational footage and provide clarity for the image of his brother.

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As one of the 11 states to secede from the Union during the ivil War, North Carolina is still grappling with its problematic history. With more than 100 monuments to the Confederacy across the state, lawmakers in aleigh are forced to reckon with their own Confederate memorials on the State apitol grounds. The Lost Cause follows the debate regarding the decision to relocate the monuments while e ploring historic aleigh and its ties to the war.

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The prosperity of America has been the antithesis of ative American progress. As the philosophical and cultural rift between indigenous and American ways of life widen, individuals who are both Native and American face a arring u taposition. Native and American follows olly Spaude as she confronts her mi ed heritage and seeks to define her identity within her tribal community. While navigating her tribe’s blood quantum standard and working to help preserve the endangered Potawatomi language, olly has come to know her purpose.

DIRECTOR | Taylor Hensel

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DIRECTOR | Phoebe Mussman


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While giant pandas play in front of the live webcams to the delight of many around the world, other animals are facing a survival crisis with no one watching. umans have a bias toward cute, u y and charismatic animals, but Earth has a living population made up of more than just cute faces. This documentary addresses how humans can help endangered animals and what we can learn from the giant panda’s successful campaign.

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Telling a story of fatherhood, a young college student seeks to grow closer with his father while they both deal with personal loss. e follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers to learn what has kept duck hunting in their family for more than 0 years. The two grow closer as they spend a month hunting together, revealing what it means for them to be father and son.

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DIRECTOR | Connor Laughlin

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JONATHAN MURRAY

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, BUNIM-MURRAY PRODUCTIONS Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner ary llis Bunim, onathan urray continues to inspire, in uence and entertain television audiences worldwide. ince the launch of The Real World on T in , urray has created and e ecutive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted, entertainment television programs. ost recently he ecutive roduced A ’s acclaimed series, Born This Way, about young adults with Down yndrome and their families. The series won the 0 mmy Award for utstanding nstructured eality eries. Besides The Real World, which will be launching new seasons this year in the , e ico, and Thailand for acebook, urray has e ecutive produced: Family or Fiancé (OWN), Project Runway, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Simple Life, Road Rules, The Challenge, Starting Over mmy Award , and Making the Band, as well as the feature film The Real Cancun, the television movie, Pedro, and the documentaries, Autism: The Musical B mmy Award , Shadow Billionaire B , Valentine Road B , They Call Us Monsters B , as well as two upcoming documentaries for B .

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onathan urray graduated from the niversity of issouri chool of ournalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. urray serves on the Board of Trustees of emester at ea, and on the board of espectAbility, a disability rights organi ation. n 0 , urray was inducted into the Television Academy all of ame.


ROBERT GREENE

FILMMAKER-IN-CHIEF

obert reene serves as the ilmmaker in hief for the onathan B. urray enter for Documentary ournalism at the niversity of issouri. e is the director of Bisbee ’17, which premiered at the 0 undance ilm estival and will be featured on the B program in the summer of 0 . is previous film Kate Plays Christine won a ury Award for Writing at undance 0 . obert’s documentaries include the otham Awards nominated Actress, Fake It So Real and the otham Awards nominated Kati With An I. obert was an inaugural undance Art of onfiction fellow in 0 and is a three time nominee for Best Director at the inema ye onors. The ndependent named obert one of their 0 ilmmakers to Watch in 0 and he received the 0 anguard Artist Award from the an rancisco Doc est. is first documentary, Owning the Weather, was screened at the limate hange onference in openhagen. e has been a undance dit Lab Advisor and was on the . . Documentary ury for undance 0 7. obert writes for outlets such as ight ound and other film industry publications. tacey Woelfel is a professor at the issouri chool of ournalism and the director of the onathan B. urray enter for Documentary ournalism at the school. e is the former news director for T , the niversity of issouri owned B a liate for central issouri. The commercial station serves as the teaching laboratory for the issouri chool of ournalism. Woelfel is a fre uent instructor in free media practices for ournalists worldwide, having instructed working ournalists multiple times in hina, roatia, e ico, oldova, and ontenegro. is focus is on sharing current trends and best practices to reach audiences more e ectively.

STACEY WOELFEL DIRECTOR

Woelfel was the national chairman of the adio Television Digital ews oundation, the adio Television Digital ews Association, was a member of the association’s ecutive ommittee, and has served as the chair of the ethics committee, and a member of the convention planning and education committees. e also serves as the president of the board of the arole neeland ro ect, an organi ation focused on responsible uality ournalism, and as the president of the board of governors of the id America chapter of the ational Academy of Television Arts and ciences. Woelfel is a winner of the ayne Award for thics in ournalism, the mmy, the dward . urrow, and numerous regional and local awards. e has received the niversity of issouri’s highest teaching honor, the emper ellowship. Woelfel is the author of Suspicious Signs: Effects of Newscaster Scripts, Symbols, and Actions on Audience Perceptions of News Organization Bias and penned a chapter in Silenced: International Journalists Expose Media Censorship. e holds a doctorate in political science.

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ERIC HYNES ric ynes is a ew ork based film critic and reporter, as well as urator of ilm at the useum of the oving mage. e has written for the New York Times, Film Comment, Rolling Stone, IndieWire, Slate, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York. ince 00 he has been a sta writer for the online film ournal Reverse Shot, where he’s also the host and co producer of the everse hot Talkies video series.

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Alissa Wilkinson is Vox’s film critic. he’s been writing about film and culture since 00 , and her work has appeared at Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vulture, oger bert.com, The Atlantic, Books & Culture, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, Pacific Standard, and others. Alissa is a member of the ew ork ilm ritics ircle and a 0 7 Art of onfiction writing fellow with the undance nstitute. Before oining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today. Alissa is also an associate professor of nglish and humanities at The ing’s ollege in ew ork ity, where she teaches criticism and cultural theory. he is the co author, with obert oustra, of How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World erdmans, 0 . he holds an A in humanities and social thought from ew ork niversity and an A in creative nonfiction writing from eattle acific niversity.

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