The Great Wall is True/False’s outdoor movie screen: newly situated outside T/F’s international headquarters at 9th and Broadway. Plan to join us for this free walk-up cinema on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights of the festival from 7 to 11pm.
Swan Song for the Factory Age
Friday, Mar 6 and Sunday, Mar 8
In these four shorts, the walls of modern industry are toppled and a postindustrial civilization arises. The hypnotic “Single Stream” (dir. Ernst Karel, Toby Lee and Pawel Wojtasik, 24 min.), shows our throwaway society as it reaches operatic excess. In the nihilistic “The Digger, the Bell, and the Tropical Pharmacy” (dir. Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla and Tony Gerber, 21 min.), we ride shotgun on a single-minded, musical excavator. “Assembly Line Movement” (Jesse Sugarmann, 22 min.), introduces former Pontiac factory workers pantomiming—with surgical precision— their now-obsolete daily rituals. The program concludes with the bittersweet poetry of “Layover” (Vanessa Renwick, 6 min.), in which birds swoop over our demise, their relentless choreography signaling a new start.
Our Sweet Malik
Saturday, Mar 7
Malik Bendjelloul stole our hearts in 2012 when he brought his musical fairy tale Searching for Sugar Man to True/False. He also starred at our game show Gimme Truth! as the charming, befuddled foreigner. Then fresh off of his 2013 Oscar win, he made a victory lap to mentor T/F’s high-school students. With the gracious guidance of Brittany Huckabee—T/F alum and partner of Malik—we’re projecting a number of his visually arresting short works, which herald his later breakthrough.