CoMo Girls Rock! is a summer camp dedicated to empowering girls ages 12-18 through creative expression, musical exploration and performance. Camp founders Luci Cook, Leola Davis and Amanda Rainey were inspired by the documentary Girls Rock! (T/F 2008) to create a local chapter of the nationwide alliance. CoMo Girls Rock!’s first ever week-long session just wrapped up yesterday, and now the campers get to show off what they’ve learned. The Girls Rock! showcase begins at 7 tonight at Mojo’s. All proceeds from the show will go towards next year’s camp, so come on out and show your support!
The rollicking roots band Yes Ma’am took T/F 2013 by storm with their commanding performances before films and on Ninth Street. Led by guitarist/singer Matthew Brecken, these buskers from the streets of New Orleans are clearly going places. While Brecken’s voice may be the first thing you notice, this knockabout combo of banjo, washboard, standup bass and gypsy fiddle are as thick as thieves and as tight as a tick: the perfect band to accompany the sun going down over the river at the Boone Dawdle on August 17.
See for yourself in the video below, part of Folk to Folk’s coverage of music at T/F 2013.
La Operación Jarocha hail from Veracruz, Mexico and appeared at T/F 2013 alongside the film Who is Dayani Cristal? which features their music. These energetic performers were also a part of our first ever at music showcase at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, a long time sponsor of the fest. Thankfully our friends from Folk to Folk were there to capture a stirring performance. See for yourself!
The multi-media music project Folk to Folk shot a series of videos at True/False 2013, capturing stirring performances from the T/F busking army. In the second entry, the Brooklyn-based duo Mountain Animation jam on the banjo and violin during a showcase at Cafe Berlin.
If you want to hear more, check out Mountain Animation‘s new album, Lava Letter, in it’s entirety on the group’s bandcamp page. And don’t miss the first Folk to Folk video featuring a boisterous street performance by Yes, Ma’am.
Saturday is the biggest and craziest day of True/False. Today featured 42 screenings on 8 screens in addition to concerts, panels, a fete, a stroll, a race and a game show!
Things started off at 9:00 AM with an extra chilly edition of our True Life Run. Seventy or so brave souls faced down the cold and competed, with Mike Burden finishing victorious.
The True Life Run is a benefit for our True Life Fund. Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, this year’s True Life Fund film, played to a near capacity crowd at the 1,700 seat Jesse Hall in an especially moving screening. Before the film pastor Dave Cover of sponsor The Crossing explained his church’s interest in “film as a window into the human condition”. Afterwards Sebastian Junger received a standing ovation for his film about his fallen comrade.
As David mentioned at the show, this is the first time the subject of the True Life Film is no longer with us. The Fund will be benefiting two causes, The Milton Margais School for the Blind, an institution that played an important role in Tim’s life and work, and Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, a charity created by Junger to offer freelance war reporters free medical training. Junger explained why started RISC, “I realized that if I had been with him, I couldn’t have saved his life, cause I didn’t know what to do either”. You can donate to the True Life Fund online.
Saturday’s events included our annual soiree at PS Gallery, the Filmmaker Fete.
And Speed Levitch’s whimsical tour of the town, The Speculative Stroll.
The 2013 edition of Gimme Truth!, the world’s only (known) documentary game show, was the first to feature a panel of all returning judges, reigning champion Heidi Ewing (Detropia, Jesus Camp), Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas, 45365) and Sergio Oksman (Notes on the Other, A Story for the Modlins). Between tequila shots, the trio watched ten 2-minute shorts and tried determine if they were 100% True or 100% False. Hosted by Johnny St. John, Gimme Truth! is big part of what makes True/False True/False.
T/F’s Chelsea Myers interviewed Lucy Walker, the director of one of Saturday’s big hits, The Crash Reel, for this short video. In it Walker discusses the multi-source documentary.
As always, our secret weapon, the T/F busking army, was out in full force. The day concluded the So Many Dynamos headlining our Mojo’s A-Go-Go showcase. Earlier, Snya So Pro warmed up a crowd at The Blue Note.
Our #truefalse hashtag continues to collect outbursts of enthusiasm. Here are a few examples:
Crash Reel had me tearing up so many times. Such a great film. Congrats to Lucy Walker and team! #truefalse
-Dan Lindsay @dan_lindsay
Wow! The Last Station. Intimate look at the last days of life with fantastic cinematography. And the sounds too, so wonderful. #truefalse
-Brandon Hoops @courtsidehoops
I’ve got that cold clammy hand feeling of just having seen one of the best docs in years; THE ACT OF KILLING. #truefalse
-Tom Roston @DocSoupMan
“Cutie and the Boxer” is a revelation. A near-perfect film. #truefalse
-Aarik Danielsen @aarikdanielsen
“Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?”: The life of a journalist who successfully humanized war and people involved. #truefalse
-Katie Yaeger @KatieYaeger
When Jeremy Scahill spoke after Dirty Wars, I just wanted to get up and shout “AMEN” to everything he said. #truefalse
-Beatriz Costa-Lima ?@Bcostalima
Cutie and the Boxer was a unique love story, romantic but also painfully messy. And to meet the protagonists! What a day. #truefalse
-Luke Damiani @lukeandrewd
Can you believe it? Only one day left. We’ll see you tomorrow!
True/False spread out even wider in day two of the fest. Films played on all eight of our screens and were joined by concerts, parties, panels and a parade. Friday’s March March is always among the highlights, a raucous reminder that Spring is around the corner and True/False has launched into high gear. In this year’s edition the punk/circus marching band Mucca Pazza led the procession of costumed revelers to the Missouri Theater.
Later at the Missouri Theater, Manhunt, Greg Barker’s gripping detective story about the search for Osama Bin Laden, played to a packed house.
Paul Rucker wowed the crowd with his experimental cello playing before a screening of Sleepless Nights at Little Ragtag.
At Campfire Stories filmmakers basked in an intimate glow and shared tales of what could have been. One standout entry was from Emma Davie of I am Breathing, who explained her unusual collaboration with the film’s subject. Across the street from Shakespeare’s The Great Wall outdoor film installation featured a far-ranging shorts program. And T/F Friday always comes to a close with @CTION, the year’s hottest party at Tonic nightclub, with MNDR spinning for the crowd.
We have a few interesting clips to share from our post film Q and As. Andy Wolff of The Captain and His Pirate explains the how and the why of his conversations with a Somali pirate.
And Emma Davie of I Am Breathing explains the difficulty of documenting intense human suffering.
If you’re looking to hear more from our filmmakers or scout films to Q for during the rest of the weekend, KBIA has an excellent eight part series called True/False Conversations. In it they chat with the filmmakers and subjects of The Moo Man, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Cutie and the Boxer, Computer Chess, Expedition to the End of the World, I Am Breathing, After Tiller and Twenty Feet From Stardom. You can listen to the audio or read the text of a transcript.
Finally, our #truefalse hashtag continues to collect reactions from around the fest. Here are a few.
The Crash Reel was absolutely exhilarating and heart-breaking all at once. #truefalse
-Taylor Glascock @tayloremrey
THE MOO MAN: sweet, and laugh out loud funny. Shared a mimosa with the farmer at #sundance – he’s just as charming in real life. #truefalse
-Andrew Droz Palermo @DrozPalermo
Lindsay Martin’s MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU – slayed me – perfectly paired with STORIES WE TELL #truefalse
@StoriesDoc played to 1700 at Jesse tonight. Amazing. Lovely film. All the best to you and your family right now @SarahEPolley. #truefalse
-Beth Kopine Canipe @BKCanipe
the power of #truefalse, i get soft-hearted and teary-eyed as @davidkinofist earnestly thanks sponsors for their support before shows
It’s not #truefalse without Toughcats!
-Aarik Danielsen @aarikdanielsen
Just finished Dirty Wars. Prophetic line from early in the film: “If children are terrorists, we are terrorists.” #truefalse
Good night and see you tomorrow!
The tenth True/False began in style at our opening night gala, The Jubilee, at the historic Missouri Theater. A crowd gathered in masquerade for libations and revelry before a screening of Sarah Polley’s new film Stories We Tell.
Before the film newly christened Oscar winner Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man (T/F 2012), took to the stage and introduced My Favorite Picture of You, a new short by 2012′s Oscar winner, Dan Lindsay.
True/False 2013 also launched on four other screens and at two concerts. The Blue Note opened with the shocking expose Dirty Wars, while at little Ragtag the Neither/Nor series with critic Eric Hynes continued with the underappreciated classic The Fall. The Blue Fugue’s “True/Folk” showcase was followed by an all experimental lineup at Cafe Berlin. Meantime in Alley A visiting artist Yulia Pinkusevich finished assembling her “Stilted” installation.
The conversation on our #truefalse hashtag still hasn’t slowed down. A few examples:
Finally saw THE FALL. A radical hymn to the potential of nonfiction. A film from the past that was the future. #truefalse cc: @eshynes
-Robert Greene @prewarcinema
I predict @dirtywars will be one of my fave docs of ’13. An amazing piece of investigative journalism that hits you in the gut. #truefalse
-Don Simpson @thatdonsimpson
One Oscar-winning @truefalse alum introduces film of another, as Bendjelloul sings #truefalse’s praises ahead of @dan_lindsay’s short.
-Pete Bland @xblandx
the last station, such a doozy to start out the fest, so effectively evoked how time is experienced by its chilean octogenarians. #truefalse
-lara k @conservadora
THE LAST STATION is a beautiful, perfectly tuned and powerfully moving Chilean film about the end of life. Amazing. #truefalse
-Robert Greene @prewarcinema
If I could start a school, it would be a school of mistakes. – Paul Rucker at Cafe Berlin #truefalse pic.twitter.com/DU7v41Qw1u
-Jonas Weir @JonasWEIRD
A @ByDavidFrance sighting and hug in the first 15 minutes in town. CoMo maintains its magical status. #truefalse
-Alison Byrne Fields @abfdc
“The Stories We Tell” was incredible. Will be one of the best films this weekend, hands down. #truefalse
-Lizzie Johnson ?@lizziejohnsonnn
Very provocative”@JessHeartsMU: “Stories we tell” made me feel so many feelings. Which Is good I think. Glad to be fully “in” at #truefalse”
-Drew Elmore ?@DrewElmore1
Get some sleep and we’ll see you tomorrow!
We are excited to premiere James Miska’s new music video for “The Coldest Summer”, directed Chelsea Myers of True/False and Tiny Attic Productions. James has played T/F several times as a member of Bramble and has now relocated to Columbia. You can see James Miska & Lake Mary perform tomorrow night at 7 at The Blue Fugue as part of the True/Folk Happy Hour Showcase.
We are really sad to announce that due to some unfortunate and frustrating circumstances, both Les Trois Coups and Yva Las Vegass will be unable to attend this year’s fest. It’s a bummer, we know.
The good news is that Busman’s Holiday, the two-brother folk pop band from Bloomington, Indiana, will be returning for their second True/False. You can check out their music over at their bandcamp page and watch the video below, where the duo performs their song “Alone”.
Attending True/False, it is easy to get caught up in the mad scramble to see as many films as possible. But T/F is about more than just films, and sometimes its good to take a break and diversify your festival experience. One excellent way is our music showcases, your chance to get the most out of the amazing collection of buskers the fest brings to town.
This year’s concerts take place at classic T/F venues such as Mojo’s, the Blue Fugue, Cafe Berlin and Eastside Tavern. But we’ve also added afternoon shows at two of downtown Columbia’s hippest hangouts, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream and Maude Vintage.
Things kick-off one night early on Wednesday, February 27 at Eastside Tavern. The rockin’ late-night bill features Cloud Dog, Rip Rap and the psychedelic Wooden Indian Burial Ground from Portland, Oregon.
For something a little more laid back, swing by the Blue Fugue on Thursday for “Tree/Folk”. This show boasts an impressive collection of singer-songwriters: Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family, James Miska & Lake Mary and Ruth Acuff whose beautiful voice you can hear below performing “Wind Chime”.
Meanwhile over at Cafe Berlin you can enjoy an experimental line-up: Flux Bikes, Paul Rucker, Dark Blue Dark Green and the enigmatic Syna So Pro.
Friday, things really get hoppin’. At two in the afternoon you can pick up a scoop at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream and catch Meeyoo and La Operación Jarocha performing traditional Mexican and American folk tunes. That night at Cafe Berlin The Flood Brothers, Yva Las Vegass, Jerusalem and the Starbaskets and The Hooten Hallers are going to bring down the house, while over at Mojo’s you can see Hawk and a Hacksaw and returning T/F favorites David Wax Museum.
Late that night, the eclectic thirty-plus-piece marching band Mucca Pazza will perform a show free for all passholders at The Blue Note. They’re sure to be riding high after leading our rambunctious March March parade earlier that day.
On Saturday things get underway early again. This time the two p.m. show is at Maude Vintage. It’s an instrumental world music showcase featuring Hema, Prahlad and Nathaniel Braddock. That night the Blue Fugue has another folky bill, bringing together Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu, Les Trois Coups and the soaring melodies of Lizzie Wright Super Spaceship.
Over at Cafe Berlin you can catch Mountain Animation, Yes Ma’am, Run On Sentence and T/F mainstays from Portland, Maine, Toughcats.
True/False Saturday always comes to a fitting end at Mojo’s A-Go-Go, and 2013 is no exception. This year’s edition features Husk, (the side project of the Powell brother’s of The Believers), local psychedelic rockers Hott Lunch and So Many Dynamos. The later are St. Louis based indie rockers who recently celebrated ten years as a band.
Finally, on Sunday, T/F 2013 comes to a bittersweet end with Buskers Last Stand. If you happen to be attending the closing night film at Jesse Hall, there’ll be a procession of buskers leading fest-goers back downtown, so we can all meet up in the lobby of the Missouri Theater and bring the festival to a close together.
Be sure to head on over to the concerts page for a complete listing with start times and ticket information and the musicians page to read up on the bands and listen to more music. And we’ll see you at the shows!