Yance Ford poses for a portrait in New York, Feb. 9, 2018.
Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP
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Much of the film's power comes from the raw, emotional first-person filmmaking of Ford, a 44-year-old former producer for the PBS documentary program "POV," making his feature film debut.Ford, the first transgender filmmaker nominated by the Academy, spoke about making "Strong Island" and making Oscar history.AP: Did you always know that you would take this deeply personal approach in "Strong Island"?Ford: It turned into this realm of a personal film because in the absence of due process, in the absence of justice, the personal film is the only thing that you have left. AP: Your film very directly asks the audience to question itself.Ford: [Film theorist Scott MacDonald] pointed out that I've brought the audience closer to my face than anyone can actually get with the human eye.
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