Campfire Stories has quickly become an essential part of True/False. Each fest a crowd gathers in the Odd Fellows Lodge to eat smores and listen as filmmakers swap tales of the scene that got away. This cozy little gathering is made possible by the support of our friends at HBO Documentary Films. If you have yet to experience this event, you’re in luck. Campfire Stories 2012 is now available on Vimeo.
This year, seven presenters step forward into the intimate glow of our not so real fire. Starlee Kine of This American Life muses about the first day of Junior High and the lifelong upside of a moment getting away. Valerie Veatch of Me at the Zoo recounts a creepy ghost at the periphery of her film. Rachel Grady of Detropia reads some of her correspondence with an African dictatorship. Karim El Hakim of 1/2 Revolution tells the harrowing tale of his arrest during the Egyptian revolution. Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall talk about how the scene they never shot became an internet meme. And Matthew Akers of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present explains how the lost scene can help to change a film for the better.