Thursday, Feb 28 / 5:30pm-6:45pm / Missouri Theatre

For our opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at Missouri Theatre right before diving into Knock Down the House. Don your favorite power pantsuit, black tie, little black dress, or whatever makes you feel ready to take on the establishment, and of course don’t forget your mask. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations from bleu Events. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites prepared by Brook Harlan’s students at the Columbia Area Career Center. Our friends at Columbia Art League open their gallery space, where you can see their latest exhibit: Truth (?), which explores the many ways we define what is true. Stop by the Pinckney Bend cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


Thursday, Feb 28 / 10:30pm-12:30am / Pressed

In honor of True/False’s 18 shorts filmmakers we host an electric celebration at Columbia’s newest, most imPRESSive rooftop bar in which they hold court (or in this case, drink tickets). Spark up a conversation and maybe if you ask nicely they’ll offer you a round. 

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders.


Tea 65—Friday, Mar 1 / 3:05pm-3:50pm
Tequila 62—Friday, Mar 1 / 8:50pm-9:35pm
& Tonic 67—Saturday, Mar 2 / 6:40pm-7:25pm

Bingham Gallery @ Rhynsburger

A convivial reception spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the titular libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion. 

Open to ticket-holders of the preceding screening, as well as Super/Silver Circle passholders.


Friday, Mar 1 / 5:15pm-5:45pm / Boone County Courthouse Square to Ninth & Locust

What better way to encourage the tremulous start of spring than to lead by example and march into March? To bring this month in like a lion, we invite one and all to join, dress in costume, ride your bike, whatever you’d like (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat.

Free and open to the public, read all about it.


Friday, Mar 1 / 5:30pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre & The Picturehouse lobbies

A tradition as old as the fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables). Directly following the March March, step inside Missouri Theatre, the Columbia Art League, and The Picturehouse lobbies to sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Enjoy wines compliments of St. James Winery, McIntyre cider, and beer brewed by our friends at Logboat and Public House—all finely crafted in Missouri. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


Friday, Mar 1 / 9:30pm-10:45pm / Studio 4

Gather round the hearth and come hear some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing. The evening’s spirit guide will be blues musician Samuel James on steel guitar, with six filmmakers/fabulists: Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Menna Laura Meijer, Roni Moore and James Blagden, and some surprise guests. Homemade s’mores will be served courtesy of Good Food Co.

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.

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Friday, Mar 1 / 10pm-1am  / My House Nightclub

Back to its OG slot on Friday night, this legendary party is in your home away from home. Artists transform the space into a whiskey-laced wonderland where you can dance the night away to the transcendent sounds of Jarina De Marco and DJ Hourglass.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle, Lux passholders & Stay Up Late


Saturday, Mar 2 / 12pm-12:30pm
Saturday, Mar 2 / 2:30pm-3pm
Sunday, Mar 3 / 12pm-12:30pm
Sunday, Mar 3 / 2:30pm-3pm

All tours kick off at the Box Office.

A mind-expanding poetic improvisation masquerading as a conventional downtown walking tour, The Ramble returns in 2019, stranger than ever. Longtime fest favorite Gabriel Williams is back to host this unclassifiable experience, which is designed to highlight T/F’s numerous art installations while quietly becoming one itself. 

Free and open to the public.


Saturday, Mar 2 / 4pm-6pm / Orr Street Studios  

The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting Fimmakers. Hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios and featuring culinary creations from Sycamore. Enjoy delicious treats as well as hard cider, wine and bubbly courtesy of St. James Winery, beer from Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge breweries, and hand-brewed coffee from Kaldi’s, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios.

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders; ticket included in packet.

Presented By HBO Documentary Film


Saturday, Mar 2 / 10pm-11:30pm / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note

America’s favorite documentary game show challenges the audience plus a panel of esteemed contestants to determine truthiness. Local non-professional filmmakers attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute docs. Emceed by host Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who hosts and produces a morning radio show on Chicago Public Radio and a frequent guest on NPR weekly news quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. The 2019 contestants/judges are: Anand Patwardhan (director of Reason), Miko Revereza (director of No data plan), Lindsay Utz (editor of American Factory [T/F 2019], Quest [T/F 2017], & Bully [T/F 2012]).

Tech support provided by The Evoke Group.

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.

Presented by Showtime Documentary Films


Sunday, Mar 3 / 11am-11:45am / Bingham Gallery @ Rhynsburger

This post-Chautauqua event gives attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the provocateurs in the art gallery, featuring Lisa Franko’s MFA Thesis exhibition. The High Tea spread is provided by Kaldi’s. What could be more provocative than tea & scones? 

Open to Chautauqua ticket-holders and Supers/Silvers only.


Sunday, Mar 3 / 6pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre

A common meal for all who attend Amazing Grace at Missouri Theatre. Catered for the sixteenth year in a row by the stalwarts at Addison’s restaurant—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, and St. James Winery.

Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception.

Presented by Addison’s American Grill


Sunday, Mar 3 / 9pm / The Art Yard on Ninth & Missouri Theatre

With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat, and Public House; hey, please, finish that beer inside), the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends and join True/False’s own second line under the stars in our Art Yard on Ninth (and for those who prefer a quieter farewell, in the lobby of Missouri Theatre), as we throw an instant wake for T/F 2019 following the Q&A after Amazing Grace. 

No ticket required; theater lobby open to passholders & those with a ticket to the closing night film; Sculpture Yard open to all, weather permitting.


Monday, Mar 5 / 12:30am-4am / Cafe Berlin

As festgoers chow down on breakfast food in the Cafe Berlin dining area, filmmakers and film critics fight for their chance to appear on the famed Film Comment podcast, being recorded live on stage by the publication’s ever-astute editor Nicolas Rapold.

Open to all; admission is free, breakfast is not.