Fest Digest #3: True/False Friday

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.

photo by Catherine Meagher

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 ManPussy Riot: A Punk PrayerCutie and the BoxerComputer ChessExpedition to the End of the WorldI Am BreathingAfter 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
-jonkelland @DocCritic

@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
-jonkelland @DocCritic

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
-guavalicious @guavalicious

Good night and see you tomorrow!

Posted March 2, 2013

Fest Digest #2: Opening Night

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.

photo by Sarah Hoffman

photo by Sarah Hoffman

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.

photo by Scott Patrick Myers

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.

photo by Scott Patrick Myers

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
-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

For more pictures from opening night check out our photo page and POYi’s crowd-sourced gallery.

Get some sleep and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Posted March 1, 2013

James Miska Music Video ‘The Coldest Summer’

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.

Posted February 27, 2013

Change to the Music Lineup

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”.


Posted February 19, 2013

T/F 2013 Concerts Preview

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!


Posted February 12, 2013

T/F 2013 Music Preview #2

As the weeks leading up to the fest continue to fly by, we’re sharing some of the musical acts who will soon be breathing life into our town. You can check out the first part of the T/F 2013 music preview here.

In a fortuitous turn of events, T/F co-director Paul Sturtz stumbled upon Les Trois Coups on a Paris street and persuaded them to bring their busking services to Columbia.  This merry band of Frenchmen quickly took the fest by storm with their dramatic, energetic performances in theaters and on street corners. Now they are crossing the sea again for their second True/False. You can preview a few of the group’s songs on their MySpace page, and watch a characteristically spirited performance of their song “Le Pause” in the video below.

Dubb Nubb are sisters and fest regulars who have relocated from St. Louis to Columbia. They play a special kind of folk, frequently taking as their subject matter the places they have lived and the memories these places evoke. This strong sense of place is on display below in their video for “These Great Lands”. You can connect with Dubb Nubb on Facebook and explore several of their albums at Bandcamp.

Listening to A Hawk and a Hacksaw one immediately hears their connections with indie favorites Neutral Milk Hotel and Beirut. Jeremy Barnes was previously a drummer for NMH before joining violinist Heather Trost in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  There the duo discovered Zach Condon of Beirut and played on that band’s first album. A Hawk and a Hacksaw offers a new take on traditional Eastern European folk music perfectly suited for festival busking. You can see a sample in the video below, and find more on the band’s official homepage.

Ever wish you could hear your favorite songs sung by a pitch-perfect choir instead of listening to the same, tired version on the radio? Your wish is about to come true when Anonymous Choir joins this year’s fest with choral covers that will warm the soul with nostalgia and inspire us all to join a church choir. Be sure to visit the group’s Bandcamp page to hear them perform an entire album of stirring Leonard Cohen covers.

The Flood Brothers, a self described two man thump machine, are sure to set feet tapping around town. Based in Columbia, Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best perform songs grounded in Memphis rock n’ roll and North Mississippi blues. You can listen to The Flood Brothers on their page at ReverbNation. Also, our friends at CAT TV captured a full hour set from the duo this past summer as part of CAT’s Notes from the Underground series.

Check back for even more music soon, and see you at the Fest!

Posted January 20, 2013

T/F 2013 Music Preview #1

With only 47 days left until the 10th edition of the True/False Film Fest, the energy and excitement is beginning to gather and percolate around Columbia. One important reason for this growing anticipation is the outstanding collection of musicians the Fest always brings to our town. Buskers create the atmosphere at each and every T/F screening, as well as filling our concerts, parties and streets with intoxicating sounds. The 2013 lineup features a mix of returning favorites and fresh faces, local heroes and globe trotting pilgrims. We’ll be sharing these bands and performers with you over the next few weeks so you’ll have a chance to preview their music and ready your soul for the big weekend.

Run On Sentence, the ever evolving project of Portland, Oregon based performer Dustin Hamman, has been a part True/False since 2009 and will continue the streak in 2013. You can learn more and hear samples of their endearing style of Gypsy-folk on the project’s homepage. And Corey Ransberg captured Run On Sentence performing the triumphant “I Will Run to You” in the music nook of the 2012 T/F Box Office.

New to T/F this year is Hooten Hallers, a local, whiskey-soaked, hillbilly rock act featuring John Randall and Andy Rehm. You can explore a few choice tracks on the duo’s page at Reverb Nation and check out a scorching performance of their song “Leave Me Alone” in the video below.

Back at T/F this year is Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, the cowboy space rock group currently shifting its headquarters from Columbia to Memphis. You can listen to them at Bandcamp and check out this dreamlike music video for their track “Sister Sorceress”.

Dark Blue Dark Green is an experimental electronic adventure undertaken by brothers Ben and Jack Falby. More info on this Columbia based project can be gleaned from the band’s homepage. Also, you can check out this performance of “Your Lack of Shame” at Mojo’s.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Yva Las Vegass, a Venezuelan-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, will be bringing her fiery passion to this year’s Fest. Yva’s legendary street performances once landed her a spot in the short lived Sweet 75 alongside former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Her utterly unique sound is sure to make a lasting impact at this year’s fest. Below you can watch a 12 minute set Yva performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and see for yourself what all the excitement is about.

We’ll share more music info in the weeks to come. Check back soon and, if you haven’t already, pick up your passes to T/F 2013 today.

Posted January 12, 2013

T/F Box Office Sessions: Pearl and the Beard

Boasting an impressive variety of instrumentation and three unforgettable voices, Pearl and the Beard routinely bring down the house with their foot-stomping anthems and soaring harmonies. The soulful trio hailing from Brooklyn made the trip to Columbia for the last two Fests and have quickly become crowd favorites. Here Corey Ranesberg captures the group playing their song “Reverend” in the music nook of our 2012 box office.

There are a bunch of great Pearl and the Beard videos on YouTube. In this one from the Subway Sessions the group plays their commanding song “Oh Death” for passersby underneath New York.

The band’s latest music video for the beautiful “40K” debuted just last month.

Check out Pearl and the Beard’s MySpace page and official site for more music and info and check back soon for more T/F Box Office Sessions.

Posted December 10, 2012

T/F Box Office Sessions: Toughcats

True/False would not be True/False without our buskers. They infuse the entire weekend with a vital energy. And no one represents this energy better than Toughcats, favorites at T/F since 2008. The tireless indie-bluegrass trio is part of a loyal group of True/Falsers from Maine who make an annual journey to Columbia for the Fest.

Corey Ransberg captured Toughcats playing their song “Happy Day” in one of a series of videos shot in the music nook of our 2012 box office.

Also a must see for Toughcats fans is the beautiful music video for their song “Somebody Old”.

Check out Toughcats official website for much more music and info, and check back here soon for more T/F Box Office Sessions.


Posted November 5, 2012

T/F Box Office Sessions: Les Trois Coups

The T/F Box Office has always been an essential hub for managing the hustle and bustle of the Fest. The 2012 edition, located in the old Pasta Factory, took things to a new level. The inviting brick building at the corner of Broadway and Hitt gave us enough room to stretch our legs a bit. In addition to distributing passes, tickets, and merchandise, the building housed our Filmmaker’s lounge, and for the first time became a musical venue. A special corner nook featured performances from a wide variety of our indispensable buskers.

Photo by Eve Edelheit

Luckily, Corey Ransberg was kind enough to digitally capture some of these songs for us, and we want to share them with you here. The first video stars the French quartet Les Trois Coups, whose appearance at T/F was their very first in the States. The group’s mixture of street theater and musette-inspired traditional chanson helped light up downtown Columbia all weekend long. Here they perform their song “Le Pause”.

Les Trois Coups also provided the soundtrack to our Day One video, created by Chelsea Myers and Paul Mossine.

You can listen to more from Les Trois Coups on the band’s MySpace page. Keep an eye out for more of the True/False Box Office Sessions coming soon.

Posted October 4, 2012
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