The Teller and the Truth is the story of the disappearance of Francis Wetherbee, a beautiful young bank teller missing since her car was found submerged in a river in 1974. Filmmaker Andrew Shapter (Before the Music Dies, Happiness Is) digs into the forty year old cold case that sparked the imagination of her hometown of Smithville, Texas and beyond.
Did she drown? Commit Suicide? Was she kidnapped? Or is there another answer? Shapter combines a documentary style with a classic style narrative interpretation, in order to uncover what about Francis Wetherbee is myth and what is fact.
Different theories and conjectures of the truth are weighed against the "facts" as they are revealed in old photographs, authentic footage from home movies including actual Vietnam-era rare (and never before seen) historical footage.
As new evidence is discovered, the film transforms into a narrative, as her words--revealing the truth--come to life. The film soon grows from a small town story, into a global quest to find a woman that is believed to be still alive.