We Always Lie to Strangers

THE TEAM

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AJ SCHNACK (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor) is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentary credits include CONVENTION (2009), which premiered as the Centerpiece Film at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and was acquired and released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects; KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America, France, Japan, Brazil, Australia and aired on More4 in the United Kingdom; and GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) (2002), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America by Cowboy Pictures. All of his films have premiered in the US on the Sundance Channel.

Schnack was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON and was the first recipient of AFI Silverdocs' Cinematic Vision Award. He was recently an editor on Michael Rapaport's BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and won the Producers Guild Award for Best Documentary.

He is currently in post-production on two feature documentaries: CAUCUS, which chronicles Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and the other 2012 GOP presidential candidates in their campaign to win over the Republican voters of Iowa, and WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS, a film about performing families in Branson, Missouri, a popular Ozark Mountain music and tourism destination.

He is the founder and co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, which held its 6th edition at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in January 2013. From 2005-2011, he wrote the popular nonfiction film blog, All these wonderful things. He has served on juries at Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, DokuFest Kosovo, Los Angeles, AFI Silverdocs, Miami, Sarasota, Camden, Denver, Ashland and the Independent Spirit Awards & has curated panels at Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Silverdocs and True/False.

In addition to his documentary work, he was the executive producer on a number of MTV Award winning and Grammy nominated music videos. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of Southern Illinois.


DAVID WILSON (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) is a 1996 graduate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Wilson's short documentary, BIG BIRDING DAY, had its world premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, went on to screen at Silverdocs and Sheffield Doc/Fest and aired nationally on PBS’ P.O.V. In 2010, Wilson was named to Filmmaker Magazine's list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He previously directed several short films about subcultures and small towns in the American Midwest. He was a photographer on CONVENTION (2009) and is currently in post-production on his first feature-length documentary, WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS.

Together with Paul Sturtz, Wilson founded the Ragtag Film Society in 1998, the Ragtag Cinema in 2000, and the True/False Film Festival in 2004, all in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri. Since then, True/False has become one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world, drawing international filmmakers and film fans to Columbia.

Along with running True/False, Wilson became a programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. As director of True/False, David has been invited to be a panelist at the Sundance Film Festival and the IFP Markets in New York and Chicago to discuss film festival strategy, as well as serving as a consultant for the Creative Capital Foundation and the LEF Moving Image Fund.


NATHAN TRUESDELL (Producer/Cinematographer/Additional Editing) is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He was a producer/cinematographer/co-editor on the nonfiction feature CONVENTION (2009), which premiered at AFI Silverdocs and was acquired by IFC Films/Sundance Selects.

He is a producer and cinematographer on two documentary features that are currently in post-production: CAUCUS, about the Republican candidates for President as they campaign in Iowa, and WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS, a film about Branson, Missouri.

Truesdell has directed, photographed and edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction short films, commercials and music videos. He was the cinematographer and editor on the acclaimed nonfiction short, BIG BIRDING DAY (2010), which premiered at SXSW 2010 and which had its television premiere on public television's P.O.V. in August 2011.

He is currently in early principal photography on his feature-length nonfiction directorial debut, THE ART OF MAKING MONEY.

Since 2010, Truesdell has served as the Producer of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, awarded each January at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and is a member of Cinema Eye’s core leadership team. In 2011, he directed the Documentary Channel’s broadcast of the Cinema Eye ceremony.

Truesdell is a native of Central Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri.


MATTHEW C. MILLS (Executive Producer) is an Emmy and Webby Award-Winning Executive Producer/Director with more than 20 years of experience working with moving pictures. After a variety of staff jobs at cable networks and ad agencies, Matthew founded Spacestation, a Brooklyn-based multimedia production company.

Matthew was named "Best Director" by the fledgling Los Angeles Art-house Film Festival for his "Chapel Song" music video featuring We Are Augustines, which was also won best in show at the Silicon Valley Film Festival and New York Hell's Kitchen Festival.

Matthew created "Fodder," a sketch comedy show on the Cooking Channel and is currently in post-production on three feature films, narrative and documentary.

The incredibly true story of four families in Branson, Missouri. A new film by AJ Schnack and David Wilson.