Yance Ford is a director/producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Gotham Award for Best Documentary and the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Doc. 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 the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
Ford is also a former Series Producer of the PBS documentary series POV. His curatorial work there was recognized with 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations. Ford is a MacDowell fellow, a member of the Sundance Institute Collective and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019. He directed the 90’s Episode of the upcoming FX series Pride and the Profile of Rod Blagojevich in the Netflix series Trial by Media.
— Common Sense MediaWhat makes "Strong Island" a truly unforgettable documentary is how it conveys the racism of America in both deeply historical and deeply personal terms.
— VarietyFord, as a director, has adopted a subjective and engrossing style.