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THE 2016 GATEWAY LIST

Get your Gateway packet now!

On sale 10am on Tuesday, Feb 23 through 6pm on Friday, Feb 26.

Here’s the lineup:

34a / Thy Father’s Chair / Thursday, 7pm / The Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note
14a / Kate Plays Christine / Thursday, 9:45pm / Missouri Theatre

20a / Norman Lear / Friday, 7pm / Jesse
04a / Author: The JT LeRoy Story / Friday, 10pm / Missouri Theatre
09b / The Fear of 13 / Friday, 10pm / Jesse

34c / Thy Father’s Chair / Saturday, 10am / Missouri Theatre
26b / Presenting Princess Shaw / Saturday, 3:45pm / Jesse
04b / Author: The JT LeRoy Story / Saturday, 6:45pm / Jesse
35b / Tickled / Saturday, 9:45pm / Jesse
20c / Norman Lear / Sunday, 9:30am / Jesse
26c / Presenting Princess Shaw / Sunday, 9:30am / Missouri Theatre
01c / Sonita / Sunday, 12:30pm / Jesse
35c / Tickled / Sunday, 3:30pm / Missouri Theatre
37c / Weiner / Sunday, 3:45pm / Jesse
17c / Life, Animated / Sunday, 7:30pm / Jesse
40c / Stand Beside Her and Guide Her (shorts) / Sunday, 9pm / The Picturehouse
Posted February 23, 2016

Take Your First Steps Off the Trail with a Gateway Packet

In case you haven’t heard of the True/False Film Fest before now, here’s a quick primer:

  • Thursday–Sunday, March 3-6, 2016
  • Downtown Columbia, Missouri
  • 36 of the newest creative non-fiction feature films from around the world (+ 20 shorts)
  • 40 bands and 13 concerts
  • 4 parties
  • 1 parade

 

The Gateway Packet is an easy and affordable way to sample the True/False experience. For $40, you’ll receive the unique ability to reserve any combination of three tickets online before the festival begins. You can select any combination of three tickets; multiples for one film, single tickets for different films, etc.

  • Select from a list compiled by our programmers especially for the Gateway, including many of the most popular films at the festival
  • Not only do you get to reserve tickets before the box office opens to the general public, you’ll also have the option to pick up your tickets early, during the Gateway and passholder pickup period on Wednesday, March 2, noon – 8pm.
  • The Gateway list will be announced and sales begin at 10am on Tuesday, Feb 23. All online sales/reservations end at 6pm, Friday Feb 26.
  • You will select your films at the time of purchase

 

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Every screening is preceded by live music . . .

. . . . and followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker(s).

Here’s the list of screenings that you can choose from (some screenings may become unavailable during the Gateway purchasing window) :

Thursday:

  • 34a / Thy Father’s Chair / Thursday, 7pm / The Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note
  • 14a / Kate Plays Christine / Thursday, 9:45pm / Missouri Theatre

Friday:

  • 20a / Norman Lear / Friday, 7pm / Jesse
  • 04a / Author: The JT LeRoy Story / Friday, 10pm / Missouri Theatre
  • 09b / The Fear of 13 / Friday, 10pm / Jesse
Saturday:
  • 34c / Thy Father’s Chair / Saturday, 10am / Missouri Theatre
  • 26b / Presenting Princess Shaw / Saturday, 3:45pm / Jesse
  • 04b / Author: The JT LeRoy Story / Saturday, 6:45pm / Jesse
  • 35b / Tickled / Saturday, 9:45pm / Jesse
 Sunday:
  • 20c / Norman Lear / Sunday, 9:30am / Jesse
  • 26c / Presenting Princess Shaw / Sunday, 9:30am / Missouri Theatre
  • 01c / Sonita / Sunday, 12:30pm / Jesse
  • 35c / Tickled / Sunday, 3:30pm / Missouri Theatre
  • 37c / Weiner / Sunday, 3:45pm / Jesse
  • 40c / Stand Beside Her and Guide Her (shorts) / Sunday, 9pm / The Picturehouse

Ready to buy your Gateway Packet? GO FOR IT.

Have questions? Call our friendly box office staff at 573.442.8783 and they’ll be happy to help.

Still not convinced? Don’t take our word for it:

We look forward to seeing you in downtown Columbia March 3-6!

PS: Need travel and lodging tips?

Posted February 21, 2016

Get Lost in at Least 10 Films with a Simple Pass

In case you haven’t heard of the True/False Film Fest before now, here’s a quick primer:

  • Thursday–Sunday, March 3-6, 2016
  • Downtown Columbia, Missouri
  • 36 of the newest creative non-fiction feature films from around the world (+ 20 shorts)
  • 40 bands and 13 concerts
  • 4 parties
  • 1 parade

 

Thinking about coming to True/False and want an affordable way to catch at least 10 screenings? Say hello to the Simple Pass.

To cover the basics: the Simple is our “films only” pass that allows you to reserve up to 10 screenings (Friday-Sunday) on-line before the festival begins. Plus, you can gain admission to additional screenings for free on any day of the Fest by using our last-minute line, affectionally called “the Q.” During the festival, if you change your mind about something you want to see, it gives you the freedom to swap out tickets (if we have tickets) at the box office, OR use the Q at any screening (if we don’t), for no additional charge.

A Q Queen hands out number at The Picturehouse on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. (Photo by Sarah Hoffman)

The Q gives you the chance to see a movie that you don’t have a reserved ticket for.

The Q may sound tricky to explain, but it’s actually easy once you’ve done it. If it’s your first time, just find the most flamboyantly dressed person at the venue – that’s the Q Queen! These colorful folks are mobile information stations, and they’ll tell you exactly how to Q. Be sure to arrive at the screening at least 1 hour early to get your Q number.

Derek Jenkins, T/F Film Fest 2014, Jesse Auditorium, Raya, Buskers

Every screening is preceded by live music . . .

 

. . . . and followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker(s).

The major benefit (with all of our pass types), is that because with your pass purchase you are opting into the whole festival weekend, we want to make it easy for you to get what you want. We don’t sell individual tickets to the general public online, nor at all, in advance of the festival. Your pass opens that door to let you reserve your tickets in advance and plan out your weekend.

Simple ticket reservations begin at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 21. Detailed instructions HERE. We strongly recommend purchasing a pass before then.

Ready to buy your Simple Pass? GO FOR IT.

Have questions? Call our friendly box office staff at 573.442.8783 and they’ll be happy to help.

Still not convinced? Don’t take our word for it:

We look forward to seeing you in downtown Columbia March 3-6!

PS: Need travel and lodging tips?

Posted February 20, 2016

NEW SUSTAINABILITY SPONSOR: 360 VODKA

For the first time ever, we have an official Sustainability Sponsor of the Fest! True/False is committed to a greener future, and we are excited to partner with 360 Vodka to divert some of the waste generated at the Fest by collecting compost at festival events and at various sponsor venues, including several restaurants in downtown Columbia.

Missouri-based 360 Vodka prides itself on being the world’s first eco-friendly vodka. It is locally sourced and sustainably made, using recycled materials and reusable closures. 360 Vodka’s sustainability sponsorship will provide for waste bins to collect compost and will supply the farm truck at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) with a liftgate to help better manage the compost.

CCUA will retain the truck and bins post-fest, ensuring an ongoing partnership between the Fest and the City of Columbia. “With 360’s sponsorship, True/False will be leveraging a partner that already does a lot for local sustainability to help them do what they do even better,” said True/False Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Dixon. The project will expand the capacity of CCUA to divert organic waste from the landfill and repurpose it into nutrient-rich compost that will fuel the production of fresh, local produce.

Additional sustainability efforts include a 25-volunteer “green team” to keep the Fest’s  sustainability efforts on track, as well as the placement of additional recycling bins at every venue and throughout downtown Columbia, including a recycling dumpster that will be dressed up by Gabe Meyer, Brian Doss, Becca Sullinger, and Mark Steck of local art crew Neon Treehouse. Fest-goers will be encouraged to recycle all glass, aluminum, plastics labeled 1-7, cardboard, and paper products.

For more information about 360 Vodka, visit www.vodka360.com

Posted February 18, 2016

Lux Nirvana

 

“True/False is nirvana. When I went to True/False, I remembered what I sometimes forget: the unalloyed joy of making and watching docs.”–Alex Gibney, Oscar-winning director, Taxi to the Dark Side

In case you haven’t heard of the True/False Film Fest before now, here’s a quick primer:

  • Thursday–Sunday, March 3-6, 2016
  • Downtown Columbia, Missouri
  • 36 of the newest creative non-fiction feature films from around the world (+ 20 shorts)
  • 40 bands and 13 concerts
  • 4 parties
  • 1 parade

Thinking about coming to True/False and want to know the best way to achieve documentary nirvana? Say hello to the Lux Pass.

To cover the basics: the Lux pass provides a complete festival experience. In advance of the festival, it allows you unlimited access to ticket reservations for all festival screenings, Thursday – Sunday. During the festival, if you change your mind about something you want to see, it gives you the freedom to swap out tickets (if we have tickets) at the box office, OR use the last-minute line (the Q) at any screening (if we don’t), for no additional charge.

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Your Lux pass will always match your Lux tickets – so be sure to keep them together, and don’t lose them – they’re irreplaceable!

A Q Queen hands out number at The Picturehouse on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. (Photo by Sarah Hoffman)

The Q may sound tricky to explain, but it’s actually easy once you’ve done it. If it’s your first time, just find the most flamboyantly dressed person at the venue – that’s the Q Queen! These colorful folks are mobile information stations, and they’ll tell you exactly how to Q. Be sure to arrive at the screening at least 1 hour early to get your Q number.

Your Lux pass also gets you access to festival events: the Jubilee, Reality Bites, and the @CTION party (with just your pass), Campfire Stories, Gimme Truth (our game show), Chautauqua, and the Closing night reception with your pass and a reserved ticket, and of course, all of the other events that are free and open to the public like, the March March parade, the VJ Suave Animation ride, Field Sessions, the Art Ramble, and Toasted. For more information about all of these events, check out the EVENTS page, the PARTIES page, and the SYNAPSES page!

You also get free admission to many of our concerts, or at least a discount off the door price with your pass. There ARE a couple of special events that cost extra (for ALL passholders, not just Lux). Those tickets include the True Life Run, and our brand new interactive, gamified theater event, LOST LETTERS.

Festgoers enjoy beverages from Missouri Wines at Reality Bites in the Missouri Theatre. (photo by Corey Ransberg)

This year, Reality Bites, on the Friday evening of the fest, spans both the Missouri Theater and The Picturehouse across ninth street.

People dance during the @ction Party on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Tonic. (Photo by: Sarah Hoffman)

While some parties are more merry, spirited receptions, the @CTION party is your chance to DANCE. Get your groove on between full days of films.

The major benefit (with all of our pass types), is that because with your pass purchase you are opting into the whole festival weekend, we want to make it easy for you to get what you want. We don’t sell individual tickets to the general public online, nor at all, in advance of the festival. Your pass opens that door to let you reserve your tickets in advance and plan out your weekend. As long as you are proactive and make your ticket reservations right away, you should be able to get nearly everything you want (not always the case for Simple passholders).

Lux ticket reservations begin at 6pm on Friday, February 19. Detailed instructions HERE. Be sure to reserve all of your tickets prior to Simple reservations on Sunday evening at 6pm, and we strongly encourage purchasing a Lux pass well before then.

Ready to buy your Lux Pass? GO FOR IT.

Have questions? Call our friendly box office staff at 573.442.8783 and they’ll be happy to lend a hand.

Still not convinced? Don’t take our word for it:

We look forward to seeing you in downtown Columbia March 3-6!

PS: Need travel and lodging tips?

 



Posted February 12, 2016

2016 FEATURE FILMS ANNOUNCED

We are happy to announce the feature films included in our 2016 program! Each of these films expands the boundaries of nonfiction cinema, inviting audiences to be challenged, inspired, and entertained.

Several films are celebrating their debuts at True/False. The Pearl takes a sensitive look at gender through the eyes of four middle-aged trans women. The Prison In Twelve Landscapes is an impressionistic essay film about the prison-industrial complex. In Peter and the Farm, we unearth a rural tragedy in Vermont.

2016 also brings a marked increase in international titles, including films from China, Iran, Iraq, Australia, Argentina, and the Philippines. Discoveries include Those Who Jump, a landmark collaboration between two German filmmakers and first-time co-director Abou Bakara Sidibé about migrants seeking to scale the fences that separate Africa from Europe. Thy Father’s Chair is set in a transcendently messy Brooklyn apartment. From Argentina comes the intimate family story Nosotras·Ellas. Other films include Behemoth, a staggering journey through Inner Mongolia’s ravaged grasslands; Another Country (Australia), a guided tour of the outback; Between Sisters (Italy), in which a long-buried family secret is excavated; Helmut Berger, Actor about an uneasy relationship between subject and filmmaker and Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John (Canada), which seeks to locate a father who abandoned his family.

Fresh from Sundance comes director Roger Ross Williams’ inspiring, true-life fairy tale Life, Animated, which will play as the fest’s Jubilee film. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady’s fresh spin on the celebrity bio-pic. And the layered and revelatory Tickled transcends its silly subject matter. Coming from their Toronto film festival launches are Presenting Princess Shaw about an unlikely musical collaboration; Sherpa, an adventure film with a political conscience; and The Music of Strangers from Oscar-winning® T/F favorite Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom).  

As part of the fest’s commitment to the cutting edge of nonfiction, True/False is embracing films that experiment with content and form. Titles include Deborah Stratman’s first feature, The Illinois Parables, Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side, Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine, and Sergio Oksman’s O Futebol.

2016’s previously announced True Vision Award recipient, Mehrdad Oskouei, will be appearing with a couple of films including his newest, Starless Dreams, set in a rehabilitation center in Tehran. Also previously announced as the recipient of our True Life Fund, Sonita follows Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan rapper.

Also previously announced for the 2016 Neither/Nor series, the archival program of films that muddles the borders between fiction and nonfiction, True/False Film Fest is collaborating with film critic Nick Pinkerton on a series exploring Mondo cinema. Films in this series include the critically acclaimed Des Morts (1979), as well as cult documentary classics Mondo Cane (1962), The Killing of America (1981), and Africa Addio (1966).

2016 slate here!

 

Posted February 10, 2016

ANNOUNCING THE TRUE VISION AWARD RECIPIENT

We are proud to announce that Mehrdad Oskouei will receive this year’s True Vision Award in honor of his achievement in, and contribution to, the field of nonfiction filmmaking.

The True Vision award is the only award given out at the fest. Oskouei is the thirteenth recipient of this honor. Last year the award was given to Adam Curtis. Other recent winners of the True Vision Award include Laura Poitras (2010), James Marsh (2011), Victor Kossakovsky (2012), and Amir Bar-Lev (2013).

Oskouei will be appearing at the fest with his newest film, Starless Dreams, as well as a selection of his previous work. Starless Dreams is an intimate portrayal of the lives of seven girls at a rehabilitation center in Tehran, Iran. Starless Dreams acts as the final piece in a documentary trilogy that includes It’s Always Late for Freedom (2008) and The Last Days of Winter (2011), all of which explore questions of crime and delinquency in Iranian youth.

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“We are incredibly excited to bring Mehrdad to the festival,” said True/False programmer Pamela Cohn. “His talent is in listening closely to the stories of the ignored and marginalized and then transforming them into something beautiful.”

About his own filmmaking Oskouei stated, “My responsibility as a filmmaker, along with aiding in positive and effective social changes, is to increase public awareness. I am convinced that a documentary filmmaker should at times show images of humanity’s suffering with the hopes of putting an end to such suffering. All my films have been made with this firm belief.”

One of Oskouei’s Tehran-based producers, Siavash Jamali, conveyed the following via email: “Mehrdad and the whole team of Starless Dreams are so delighted that he will receive this unique award.”

“It’s no small feat getting a filmmaker from Tehran to Columbia, MO,” adds Fest director David Wilson. “This kind of cross-cultural exchange and the conversations it will spark are at the core of our mission.”
The award is given with support from Restoration Eye Care. The award is designed and cast in bronze by local mid-Missouri artist Larry Young.

Posted February 8, 2016

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 NEITHER/NOR SERIES

For the 2016 edition of our Neither/Nor sidebar, we are collaborating with film critic Nick Pinkerton on a series exploring Mondo (or so-called “shockumentary”) cinema and its offshoots. This is the fourth edition of Neither/Nor, an archival program of films that muddles the borders between fiction and nonfiction. For the third year in a row, Neither/Nor is presented with the generous support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Mondo cinema began in 1962, when the Italian directors Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi released their groundbreaking Mondo Cane, which captures shocking cultural traditions from both the ‘civilized’ and ‘uncivilized’ world. In its opening minutes, Mondo Cane claims that “all the scenes in this film are true and are taken only from life,” adding that “the duty of the chronicler is not to sweeten the truth but to report it objectively.” But it’s clear that most, if not all, of the footage in Mondo Cane has been choreographed by its directors. This in-between work played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, received an Oscar nomination and was an international box office hit.

The success of Mondo Cane inspired dozens of startling globetrotting documentaries, which were often referred to as ‘Mondo films.’ At their worst, Mondo films could be thoughtless parades of misery and debauchery (see the Faces of Death series). But within this system, several conscientious directors created urgent, transgressive cinema. High on that list are Jacopetti and Prosperi, whose next collaboration, Africa Addio (1966), was a scathing indictment of the European nations who spent centuries plundering the African continent only to recklessly abandon it during decolonization.

In his 20,000-word monograph, Pinkerton persuasively defends the frequently maligned Mondo tradition and analyzes several of its greatest works, including The Killing of America (1982), a chilling film that uses disturbing footage to call attention to America’s increased gun violence, and Des Morts (1979), a sensitive meditation on how people worldwide process grief.

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“When Nick first proposed this series, our instant response was to recoil,” True/False programmer Chris Boeckmann said. “Why would we ask our audiences to sit through such appalling material? But we were stunned by the movies he recommended and quickly realized that the ‘Mondo’ label (or even worse, the ‘shockumentary’ label) is often reductive and misapplied. The films in this series tackle important topics with an intensity and bluntness that’s sorely missing in so many of today’s ‘issue documentaries.'”

All Neither/Nor screenings will be free and accompanied by post-screening conversations, which will be moderated by Pinkerton. Special guests include Belgian director Thierry Zéno (director, Des Morts) and the U.S.-based Sheldon Renan (director, The Killing of America).

Nick Pinkerton is a freelance journalist and film programmer. His writing has appeared in Sight & Sound, ArtForum, Film Comment, Moving Image Source and Reverse Shot, among other publications. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, lives in Queens, NY, and has programmed at a variety of venues throughout the NYC area.

For more information about past edition of Neither/Nor and links to their monographs, visit the Neither/Nor page HERE. 

Posted February 4, 2016

TRUE LIFE FUND FILM ANNOUNCED

The True/False Film Fest announces Sonita, a film by Rokhsareh Ghaem, as this year’s recipient of the True Life Fund. Sonita marks a decade of powerful films and deserving subjects sponsored by the Fund.

Sonita Alizadeh is a young, Afghan rapper living undocumented in Tehran, Iran. She shares a home with her older sister and niece and spends her days at an NGO for refugees. There, she goes to class, helps with chores, and performs impromptu rap concerts for her friends.

When Sonita’s mother comes to Iran for a visit after years of only having phone contact, we learn of her plan to take Sonita back to Afghanistan and sell her into marriage. Sonita’s brother has found someone to marry, and the family needs money to pay the mahr (similar to a dowry), for his bride. Selling Sonita as a wife will make her brother’s marriage affordable. Sonita has watched this happen with so many of her friends; she uses their experiences and her own as fuel for her lyrics.  

What follows is a tumultuous struggle– a daughter who seeks independence, a filmmaker who questions whether to intercede, and a developing musician who longs for her voice to be heard. 

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Sonita will come to True/False from the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience awards for World Documentary. Both Sonita Alizadeh and Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami will attend all of the screenings at True/False.  

The True Life Fund offers support to a film’s subjects in appreciation of their choice to share their stories with audiences. Funds raised through the True Life Fund will assist Sonita in day-to-day survival and achieving her musical aspirations.

True/False thanks The Crossing, a local Columbia church, for their continued partnership. The Crossing will be sponsoring the True Life Fund for the ninth year in a row.

The True Life Fund is comprised of thousands of individual gifts, matched through a generous grant from the Bertha Foundation. In 2016, True/False hopes to raise more than $25,000 for Sonita. To give, visit www.truelifefund.org, text (573) 818-2151, or donate at the True/False screening.

Last year, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence received the True Life Fund. The fund went to support the film’s subject Adi Rukun and his family in their relocation process.

The True/False Film Fest will take place March 3 – 6 in downtown Columbia, Missouri. 

Posted February 1, 2016

PRESENTING THE 2016 MUSIC LINEUP

This year True/False music expands its signature, rootsy folk sound, reaching out into the wide sea of American talent and pulling in a diverse display of fiercely independent, internationally influenced musicians.

With acts ranging from the Ghanaian gyil/xylophone of L.A. based SK Kakraba, to the big Balkan sounds of Boulder’s ten piece brass band Gora Gora Orkestra, to the Iraqi lute-like oud of Rahim AlHaj out of Santa Fe, the globally infused buskers represent a new era of American folk, one highlighting cultural variety and innovation.

Cross genre acts dot the line up with musicians like the alternative pop/R&B/gospel of DeQn Sue and the avant-garde, electric blues guitar of Marisa Anderson, sounds that unhinge expectations and merge together the heritage of American sounds. The distinct roots of the True/False tone rings out too with fest favorites The Creek Rocks (Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu) and new favorites The River Kittens, a sweetly harmonizing trio hailing from St. Louis.

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The Blue Note will co-host an Opening Night Party featuring Louisiana natives Seratones, a band whose spirited live performance beams with the essence of original – and future- rock n’ roll!

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Headlining the Blue Note show is Lee Fields & the Expressions, strong soul with a long legacy that grooves across the stage with the natural ease of slow jam heartbreak and the upbeat rhythms of love.

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Check back for ongoing additions and a complete showcase schedule. And be sure to secure a Busker Band for entry into all music related events, available here.

Find the full 2016 list here.

Posted January 19, 2016
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