Yance Ford is an Oscar-nominated director and producer based in New York City. His feature documentary film Strong Island premiered at Sundance in 2017 to critical acclaim, winning a Special Jury Award for storytelling. The film won 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 an Oscar.

Strong Island went on to win the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Film and was nominated for a George Foster Peabody Award. At the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors, Ford became the first nominee ever to win Best Direction, Best Debut, and Best Feature.

His documentary and scripted work can be seen in the FX series Pride, the Netflix series Trial by Media, the Apple+ series The Me You Can’t See, the Showtime comedy Work In Progress, and the documentary The Color of Care on The Smithsonian Channel.

His new feature documentary POWER premiered in January at the 40th Sundance Film Festival. A look at the 300-year growth and expansion of police power in the United States, POWER will launch on Netflix in May 2024.