Yance Ford is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning director-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 won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. In 2018 Ford won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
Yance was named to Variety’s 10 Documakers to watch, The Root 100 and last summer, as part of the Ryan Murphy Half, shadowed director Tina Mabry shooting season two of POSE. He is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a Sundance Institute alum. In September 2019, Ford was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. The untitled work-in-progress based on 300 letters to his father Ford discovered in the attic of his family home.
Ford’s profile of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can be seen on the new Netflix series Trial by Media launching May 11th, 2020. Yance directed the 90’s episode of the FX series PRIDE. Ford is developing a feature film with Archer Grey based on the memoir A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett.
Ford is a former Series Producer of the PBS documentary series POV. During his tenure at POV, his curatorial work garnered 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations.